Founder of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers ofOur Lady of Sorrows

 

 
 

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE

 
     
 

Friar Luis from Massamagrell was the religious name of Jose Maria Amigo y Ferrer, once he became Capuchin.He is the founder of two religious congregations: the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows. He was born in Massamagrell – Valencia, Spain, on October 17, 1854.

 

 
 

 
 

 

He spent his childhood and youth in Valencia, where he started his studies to become a priest in the Conciliar Seminary of Valencia.While studying, he also became a member of some catholic associations, through whichvoluntaryservice to the poorwas promoted.

In 1874 he experienced God´s call to become a capuchin, so he directed his steps towards the convent of the Friar Minors in Bayonne, France, because the religious orders had been expelled from Spain some years before.In Bayonne he took the Franciscan monastic habit on April 12, 1874.

 

 
 

 
     
 

 

Three years later, Friar Luis from Massamagrell, as he was named in the convent, went back to Spain.He was ordained priest on March 29, 1879 and, from there onwards, he carried out his priestly ministry in a prison in Dueso, where he was deeply touched while observing the big number of prisoners confined in jail and so badly cared for.

Without a doubt, this first experience engraved in his inner self gave shape to the charism and mission of the two congregations he founded and made him the true apostle of the outcast and youth in risky situations.

In the Orderof Friar Minors he was appointed to be guardian and provincial minister as well as the one in charge of several other outstanding works.

 

 
 

 
 

 

Stimulated by the prompting of his heart, Friar Luis greatly promoted the growth of the Secular Franciscan Order for the spiritual wellbeing of young men and women. Through his contact with them he was inspired to establish the Congregations of Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family and Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows, dreams which became true in 1885 and 1889 respectively.The specific charism and purpose of the male congregation is the Christian education of the youth with behavioral problems or ledastray from the path of goodness and truth.

 

 
 

 
 

 

In 1907 he was consecrated Bishop and appointed guide and shepherd of the Diocese of Solsonaand some years later transferred to the Diocese of Segorbe, both of them in Spain.

As a loving son of the Church , he accepted rendering this service in humility of heart, faithfulness to his capuchin religious vocation and obedience to his own Episcopal motto:“I give my life for my sheep”. He performed his ministry with great love, following the steps in the footsteps of Jesus,Good Shepherd, who always inspired his pastoral work.

 
 

 
 

 

During his pastoral ministry, both as capuchin and bishop, the life of Luis Amigo was an existence of communion with the Lord, nourished by grace and sustained by prayer. He used to put every plan and endeavor in God ´s hands, firmly convinced of the success if it was His will and for His glory.Many signs showed him that God was pleased with them, especially within the scope of the two congregations which he could see growing strong and bearing ripe fruit, in spite of the many trials he faced.

Another spiritual dimension of his life worthwhile being mentioned is his love to the most needy: aged, sick, orphans, outcast and youth with psychologicalandbehavioralproblems. He was a tireless defender of their human dignity asGod ´s children anddevoted himself to teach them how to know God and His merciful love.

 

 

Father LuisAmigo died on October 1, 1934, at 80 years of age in Godella, - Valencia, in the mother house of the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows, surroundedby many of his sons and daughters of the two congregations he had founded.He was buried at the church ofthe mother house of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters, in Massamagrell, his natal town.His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage, veneration and prayer .

A very important stage in the canonical process of his beatificationwas culminated on June 13, 1992, when the Holy Father John Paul II declared him venerable and the Church presented him as “giant of spiritual life, model and prototype of religious, priests, bishops and founders”.

 At the present time, the experts are examining one of the miracles attributed to his intercession.