Blessed Joan Roig i Diggle

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Born to a poor family, the son of Ramón Roig Fuente and Maud Diggle Puckering. Educated by the La Salle Brothers, and then the Piarists. Student of Blessed Ignasi Casanovas Perramón and Blessed Francisco Carceller Galindo. To find work, his family moved to El Masnou, Spain, and while still in school, Joan worked as a store clerk and on a factory floor. Member of the Federación de Jóvenes Cristianos de Cataluña (Federation of Young Christians of Catalonia in El Masnou; he was soon entrusted with running the branch of the group devoted to children under 14. Known as a pious young man, Joan would spend hours lost in Eucharistic Adoration. Friend of Blessed Pere Tarrés i Claret. Entrusted with the Eucharist to bring Communion to the house-bound. During the Spanish Civil War, when the antiChristian militia came to ‘arrest’ him for his faith, he quickly ate the Hosts to prevent desecration, hugged his mother, and left with his captors. He died forgiving and preaching to his killers. Martyr.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Joan Roig i Diggle“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2021. Web. 26 January 2022. <>