9th October – St. Innocencio Canoura

Today 9th October is the feast of Passionist St. Innocencio Canoura.

He was born on 19th March 1887 at Santa Cecilia del Valle de Oro, near the Cantabarian coast in the Province of Lugo (Galacia) and joined the Passionist seminary at the age of 14 at Penafiel, near Valladolid. He joined the Passionist Congreation at Deusto (Biscay) and then continued his philosophy and theology.

At Mieres, he received the sub diaconate in 1910, the diaconate in 1912 and was ordained a priest in 1920. As a priest he preached missions and also taught in various schools. Whilst he was in Mieres he had been asked by the De La Salle Brothers to hear the confessions of the children of their school as they prepared for the First Communion. This was at the time of the so called “Revolution of Asturias” when communists and anti-clericalists had risen up against the Spanish government.

On Friday 5th October 1934, a group of loyalist soldiers forced their way into the Brothers’ cholld in Turon. At the time Father Innocencio was in the school exercising his priestly ministry. Alongside the Brothers, Father Innocencio was imprisoned in the so-called “House of the People” where they would wait the judgement of the Republican committee. They were condemned to death and executed by firing sqad in the early hours of 9th October, 1934 they were all executed by a firing squad, their bodies buried in a common grave.

Innocencio and his eight fellow martyrs were declared venerable in 1989, beatified on 19th April 1990, then canonised on 21st November, 1999 by Pope John Paul II.

PRAYER

O God, all-powerful,
you gave your holy martyr Innocencio,
the grace to enter
into the mystery of the Passion of Christ.
Help us in our weakness,
so that, if we are not graced to die for you,
let us live strongly confessing your name.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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2 Responses to “9th October – St. Innocencio Canoura”

  1. In the Shadow of His Wings » Blog Archive » Newsletter ~ From the Foot of the Cross Says:

    […] Greetings on this Feast of St. Innocencio of Mary Immaculate! – a Passionist priest martyred in Spain in 1934.  May his prayers rise as incense before the Holy […]

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    […] Greetings on this Feast of St. Innocencio of Mary Immaculate! – a Passionist priest martyred in Spain in 1934.  May his prayers rise as incense before […]

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