Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 08 March |
Saint of the Day: St. John of God
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Dad and daughter declared “venerable” by Pope Francis

Francisco Barrecheguren Montagut; CONCHITA BARRECHEGUREN

Santuario del Perpetuo Socorro [Redentoristas-Granada] | Facebook | Fair Use

Philip Kosloski - published on 05/08/20

Pope Francis recently declared "venerable" a dad and his daughter from Spain.

On May 5, 2020, Pope Francis moved forward a number of causes of canonization, including a dad and his daughter from Spain.

The dad, Francisco Barrecheguren Montagut, worked in a textile company as a manager and was married on October 2, 1904 to Concha García Calvo. They had one child together, Maria Concepción, known by them as “Conchita.”

Francisco was a model father and husband, preparing his daughter to receive the sacraments and leading by the example of his devout prayer life.

Both his wife and daughter had precarious health, falling ill around the same time. This left Francisco with the duty of tending to them during their sicknesses. His wife’s struggles were primarily with mental imbalances, while his daughter’s health was due to intestinal inflammation.

Throughout her short life, Conchita desired to enter the religious life and become a Carmelite. She made a short pilgrimage to Lisieux in 1926, at the tomb of St. Therese, and contracted tuberculosis shortly thereafter. Despite efforts to treat the disease, she died on May 13, 1927, at the age of 22. Conchita possessed a simple and pure faith, one that was nurtured by the example of her father.

Francisco’s wife died about 10 years later on June 13, 1937. This left Francisco without a family, but during this trial, he felt a call to the religious life.

He entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1945 and was ordained a priest at the age of 68 years old. His priestly ministry only lasted for 8 years, as he died on October 7, 1957.

Nevertheless, he was a holy and pious priest and dedicated much of his time tending to the needs of the sick.

If their causes progress to beatification, it may be the first time a dad and his daughter were beatified together on their own, rather than as part of a mass beatification that may have included multiple family members in a larger group.


COUPLES

Read more:
10 Married couples who have been canonized or are on their way


ALL SAINTS

Read more:
Meet the family and their friends that gave the Church at least a dozen saints

Tags:
Pope FrancisSaints
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
DOMINATIONS
Philip Kosloski
10 Mysterious things to know about guardian angels
2
tabernacle
Philip Kosloski
5 Important things to notice in a Catholic church
3
Philip Kosloski
10 Things you should know about St. Joseph
4
POPE AUDIENCE
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Do you know the 3 words that describe God’s style? Pope Fra...
5
Ziggurat of Ur
John Burger
Pope’s trip to Iraq is like a pilgrimage to a Holy Land
6
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope calls us to Abraham’s hope: Full text of address in Ur
7
VaticanNews.va
Pope in Iraq: Schedule and key events
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.