Astorga, Spain: Eucharist in honour of Blessed Antonio Girón


Saturday, 10 December, was a day of great joy for the town of Campo, in Ponferrada, as they remembered with affection their neighbour, Blessed Antonio Girón, a Redemptorist Father beatified on 22 October last in Madrid together with 11 other companions.

The bishop of Astorga, Mgsr. Jesús Fernández, presided at a Eucharist of Thanksgiving in which relatives, Redemptorist Fathers, diocesan priests and neighbours of the Campo, who did not want to miss this event, took part.

Fr. Antonio Girón González was born in Ponferrada (León) on 11 December 1871. After his profession on 15 August 1889, he received the priesthood on 19 May 1894. He lived in various communities, dedicating himself to teaching, formation and as a provincial consultor. An exemplary religious man with remarkable intellectual gifts and deep interior life, he witnessed his devotion to the Blessed Virgin to the end with the constant recitation of the rosary. At the beginning of the persecution, he had been a member of the Perpetual Help community since June. He took refuge first in a private house, then in a convent of religious and finally in a hospice. He was discovered and seized by the militiamen, who killed him on 30 August 1936.