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70 years of martyrdom of six brothers who formed the community of Malaga in 1936

06/12/2006: Spain

Coinciding with the anniversary of the date of the martyrdom of Brother Roque (18th October) there were different ceremonies at the Marist College of Malaga in memory of the martyrdom of six out of the nine brothers who formed the community of Malaga between August and October 1936.

Previously on the 24th September (date of the death of Brothers Guzmán and Fernando María), in the Sanctuary of the Patroness of Malaga, Saint Mary of Victory, a Eucharist was celebrated for the Marist Brothers who gave their lives seventy years ago.

More than one hundred people (Marist community, former students some of whom knew Brother Guzmán directly, such as Father Juan Pérez Maqueda who was prepared for his first holy communion by him, director, teachers and former teachers, committee director of ADEMAR, current students of the college, parents of students and non-teaching personnel) participated in the ceremonies that took place in the college of Our Lady of Victory.

Initially, a documentary was shown on the Marist College of Malaga from 1924, the year of its foundation, until 1936, with testimonies given by students of this time who knew the martyrs directly; even one of them accommodated Brother Roque in his house until the day he was killed.

Then in the school chapel, a Eucharist was celebrated, at which Father Juan Manuel González Ruiz (former student at the college) and Father Francisco García Mota (Dean of the cathedral of Malaga) presided. It was an act of THANKSGIVING: for all the activities realised in the past, particularly for the dedication of a Square to Saint Marcellin Champagnat with a beautiful monument that presides there; a square and monument that were the realisation of a long dream of ADEMAR.

The Mass finished outside the chapel where a plaque was blessed, recalling Brother Guzmán as founder of the college (he was the superior of the community in 1936 and as martyr for the faith. Then a few triptychs were distributed which, through direct testimonies, recounted the life of Brother Guzmán and of the Marist College of Malaga until 1936.

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