The founder of our religious Family is Fray Luis Amigó y Ferrer, OfmCap.
He was born on October 17th, 1854 in Massamagrell (Valencia – Spain) and throughout his 80 years of life, he lived through delicate moments in the history of Spain. He was tried by the premature death of his parents that happened during his childhood; he deeply cultivated his Christian life and joined some groups that allowed him to take a journey of faith as well as to dedicate himself to works of mercy, such as visiting the sick at the Hospital of Valencia and the prisoners in the jail; among these groups, we specially mention the Secular Franciscan Third Order which deeply marked his life.
The conscience of his call to a consecrated life was clearly increasing during his youth and, due to the fact that, in those years, all religious presences had been suppressed in Spain, in 1874 he traveled to Bayonne (France) and wore the habit in the Capuchin convent where the Spanish brothers, forced to leave their homeland, had taken refuge; in the following year, he made his religious profession. Three years later, he was part of the first group of Capuchin Brothers that went back to Spain to restore the Order there. In 1879, he was ordained a priest and began to develop his ministry with enthusiasm and creativity according to the style of the Capuchin Brothers and in the most typical ambits of their mission: preaching, confessing, apostolate with the youth and lay members of the Third Order; also visiting the places of suffering as prisons and hospitals. This put him in contact with many people and, in a certain sense, led him towards the project that God had upon him as a Founder.
The encounter with people desiring to devote themselves to a life of «greater perfection» inspired him the foundation of a religious women Congregation and, in the cell of his convent in Massamagrell, he began to write a text of Constitutions reflecting in it the Franciscan-Capuchin spirituality that he himself lived with enthusiasm. Very soon, God let him meet some women that wanted to live according to them and, after fulfilling the required canonical procedures, on May 11, 1885, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montiel (Valencia – Spain), the Congregation of Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family, was born in the Church. Its Founder was a 30 years old Capuchin priest, but he was a man of God, capable of guiding and accompanying the path of the nascent congregation with humble wisdom, a strong spirit, trust in Providence and vision of the future.
In 1889, projecting his special sensitivity to young people at risk or already “deviated from the path of good”, Father Luis founded the Congregation of Capuchin Tertiary Religious of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose apostolic service, unlike that of the Sisters, which was open to various fields, was directed in a more specific way to the education and re-education of children and young people with behavior problems.
In 1907, Father Luis Amigó was appointed bishop and since then, until his death, he accompanied the path of the Spanish Dioceses of Solsona (Lérida) and Segorbe (Castellón), standing out for his interest and initiatives in favor of the family and the most fragile social classes, workers and peasants, for their zeal in promoting and putting into practice the social doctrine of the Church and for his concern in forming in Christian faith and morals.
He died in Godella (Valencia – Spain) on September 30th, 1934 and his remains rest in the chapel of our Mother House in Massamagrell (Valencia – Spain).
The theologians who analyzed all the documentation related to his Beatification Process, underlined “the perfect rectitude of his life and his permanent progress in virtues and in union with God, ascending the arduous path of holiness, combining the gifts of his nature and divine grace”. They appreciated how he admirably combined the exigencies of his life as Capuchin Brother, Founder and Bishop, affirming that «his message constitutes a reverberating call for the time we are living, not only for the clergy and religious, but for all the people of God.»
On June 13, 1992, he was declared «Venerable.» For his beatification, only a miracle attributable to his intercession is needed.