Blessed Juan Otazua y Madariaga

Blessed Juan Otazua y MadariagaAlso known as

  • Juan de Jesús y María



Member of the Trinitarians, beginning his novitiate at the Shrine of Bien Aparecida in Cantabria, Spain, and making his simple vows on 11 October 1914. He studied at several convents, and made his final profession on 17 May 1918 in Cordoba, Spain. Ordained a priest in Madrid, Spain on 23 October 1921, he began to serve at the church of Sant’Ignazio de Loyola dei vaschi. A musician familiar with several instruments, Father Juan was an excellent cello player.

On 13 March 1936, the church was burned by antiChristian forces in the Spanish Civil War. The Trinitarians left their convent, sought shelter with locals, and Father Juan was assigned to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Cabeza. On 28 July 1936 the Trinitarians were expelled from the Sanctuary by Communist forces, and Juan found shelter with the Duke de la Quinteria in Andújar, Spain. In the spring of 1937, the Communists imprisoned him, tried him for the crime of being a priest, sentenced him to 20 years in prison, but decided instead to execute him for the offense of his vocation. Martyr.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Juan Otazua y Madariaga“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 March 2019. Web. 23 September 2021. <>