Victoria Díez y Bustos de Molina

Victoria Díez

During ten years Victoria was a rural teacher in the public school system, where schools had many students and few resources.

In 1928 she arrived in Hornachuelos, in southern Spain. She was 25 and well aware of having received an important mission: she had received a town and felt responsible for it. She worked in the local church, in Catholic Action, and catechesis and was unconditional support to the parish priest.

On the 11 of August of 1936, she was detained in her home, imprisoned and taken, with a group of men and the parish priest, to an abandoned mine outside the city. On the way, she encourages her companions, reminding them that they would meet Christ. She was shot at dawn, on August 12.

Victoria was an exemplary teacher in the classroom and outside of it, in life and in death, then and now.

  • 1903. Victoria Díez y Bustos de Molina is born on November 11th in Seville.
  • 1917. Obtains her Diploma in Drawing
  • 1923. Obtains the degree as a teacher at the normal School of Seville.
  • 1926. Joins the Teresian Association. Obtains placement as a National Teacher.
  • 1927. Arrives as a teacher in Cheles, Badajoz.
  • 1928. Moves to Hornachuelos, Córdoba, as a teacher of a school of 70.
  • 1929. Organizes night school for working women and a library for alumni. Visits the families, collaborates in the parish, creates a Catholic Action group for women.
  • 1931. Is appointed to the Local Council of Elementary Education and then its President.
  • 1936. Is detained August 11th in her home and is shot early on the 12th, close to an abandoned mine, giving her life as a martyr.
  • 1993. Is beatified in Rome, with Father Pedro Poveda, on October 10 by Pope John Paul II.


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