Dominican Priest and Martyr(1866-1936)
+ Buenaventura was born in Castañedo de Valdés, Spain, and took care of his father’s sheep as a young boy.
+ As a young man, he was able to begin studies at the minor seminary and eventually made his way to the Dominican Order, professing vows in 1884. He would go on to study civil law and philosophy.
+ Following his ordination to the priesthood, he served as a professor at the University of Santo Tomás in the Philippines. In 1910, he was elected to serve as the provincial of the Dominicans in the Philippines.
+ Later called back to Madrid, Buenaventura would help his order establish new foundations, including the Center of Studies at Rosaryville, Louisiana.
+ In 1926, he was elected Master General of the Order of Preachers, and is remembered for helping to establish the pontifical university that has come to be known as the Angelicum. He resigned the office in 1929, because of growing health concerns.
+ In 1936, as the anti-Catholic violence of the Spanish Civil War erupted, Bueanventura was in Madrid. He was executed by a firing squad on August 12, one of the thousands of priest and religious martyred during the uprising.
+ Blessed Buenaventura García de Paredes was beatified in 2007.
For prayer and reflection
“we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. For in this tent we groan, longing to be further clothed with our heavenly habitation if indeed, when we have taken it off, we shall not be found naked. For while we are in this tent we groan and are weighed down, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a first installment.”—2 Corinthians 5:2-4
All powerful, ever living God,
You gave Buenaventura the courage to witness to the Gospel of Christ,
even to the point of giving his life for it.
By his prayers help us to endure all suffering for love of you
and to seek you with all our hearts,
for you alone are the source of life.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Liturgy of the Hours: Common of One Martyr)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.