The Servant of God Magin Catal
Confessor, First Order
"Of the one hundred and thirty Franciscans who laboured sad missionaries in the famous "old missions" of the state of California during the three- quarters of a century from 1769 to 1845, the one who, more than any other, gained the reputation of being a saint was Father Magin Catal, the holy Man of Santa Clara." (Habig 1959,p830)
A difficult Saint to discover, here is a non hagiographical account of his life by Elaine Jordan, Fr Magin Catal� was beatified in 1884
The Catal Crucifix
One of the lesser known missionaries of the California Missions who deserves greater attention is Fr. Magin Catal. Born in Montblanc in Catalonia, Spain, in 1761, he entered the Franciscans at age 16 and was ordained in 1785. Soon after, he volunteered to enter the mission fields in America.
For 36 years he laboured with Fr. Jose Viader at
the Santa Clara de Assis Indian mission, one of
the chain of 21 missions in California
established in this period. In his time, he was
renowned for his many miracles and prophecies,
as well as the exorcisms he performed. The
Indians aptly called him 'The Holy Man' of Santa
In the process for his beatification made in
1884, six witnesses testified to seeing Fr.
Catal levitate, rising in the air to pray
directly before the Crucified Christ. Thus Petra
Pacheco Soto related that one day, when Fr.
Viader could not find him, he was told that Fr.
Catal as usual was in the Church before the
Crucifix. A messenger going to the Church
discovered him raised up high in the air on the
level of the Cross. The Savior had unfastened
His hands from the Cross and was resting them on
the shoulders of the holy man. This testimony
was corroborated by Rufino Saiz, Berta
Guadalupe, Antonia Flores and Encarnacion Soto.
She replied, "Take care! Do not go about telling lies! How
can that be?"
Prayer of the church
Almighty and eternal God, who didst grant thy servants by
professing the true Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal
Trinity and to worship the unity in the power of Thy majesty;
we beseech The, that by steadfastness in this Faith we may at
all times be defended from all adversity,
Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen
Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois
Fr. Magin Catal� � Elaine Jordan,Posted 9 February 2013,The Catal� Crucifix-, The levitations of 'the Holy Man of Santa Clara, Accessed 3 November 2013,<web;www.traditioninaction.org/History/B_027_Catala_1.>
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