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This online collection highlights several items from the Magín Catalá collection. For more information on the collection visit the Magín Catalá  finding aid at the Online Archive of California, and and see the physical collection itself in the Archives & Special Collections Department at Santa Clara University.


The items we have digitized are from Series II and Series III of the collection - click the links to open the items:

 

Series I: Process of Beatification
- Box 1: Process of Beatification, circa 1885
- Box 2: Process of Beatification, 1885-1909

Series II: Biographical Publications and Related Materials,
- Box 3: Biographical Publications and Related Materials, circa 1909-2009

Digitized items:

Life of Fr. Catalá
Marble cross at Nootka Island
The Miraculous crucifix
El Servent de Deu

 

- Box 4: Framed items from Montblanc, Spain, circa 1990

Digitized item:

Fr. Catalá's birthplace

 

Series III: Relics and Devotional Materials
- Box 5: Relics, circa 1907-1910

Digitized item:

Catalá Relics


- Box 6: Relics and Devotional Materials, 1907-1962, and undated

 

 

The Magín Catalá, O.F.M. Collection, 1761-2009 (bulk 1885-1909), documents the life of Fray Magín Catalá. Often referred to as the “Holy Man of Santa Clara,” Fr. Catalá was stationed at Mission Santa Clara for thirty-six years and was widely renowned for his piety and spiritual labors. In 1882, more than fifty years after Fr. Catalá’s death, Archbishop J.S. Alemany, O.P. initiated the process of his Beatification. As of 2014, his Cause remained open. The bulk of the collection consists of reproductions of deposition transcripts taken in 1884-1885 and again in 1908-1909 during the process of Beatification of Fray Magín Catalá. During these proceedings, sixty-two witnesses were called upon to provide testimony about the life and work of Fr. Catalá.

 

While the documents focus primarily on canonical issues, they also contain information about life in the Santa Clara Valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Included are interviews with early Spanish colonizers who had knowledge of the Franciscan missionary, but also of the era in which Fr. Catalá lived. Early Jesuit administrators and faculty from Santa Clara College involved with the Beatification process included Jesuit Fathers Joseph Bixio, Nicholas Congiato, Joseph Caredda, Henry Imoda, Benedict Picardo, John Pinasco, Paul Raffo, and Aloysius Varsi. Also included are biographical publications and related materials; correspondence about Fr. Magín Catalá’s life; devotional materials; and relics.

A box of Father Catala's relics

 

 
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