Bl. Antonio Varona Ortega, O.P. (1901-1936)

Blessed Antonio Varona Ortega, O.P., Martyr, studied at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., from 1922-1924. He continued his studies at The Catholic University of America from 1924-1926, graduating from CUA with an M.A. in 1926 with a thesis entitled, “The Educational Work of the Dominicans in the Philippine Islands.” (Source: Dominicana 11, March 1926, 152.) He was ordained to the priesthood in New Orleans and later served in the Philippines as a professor at Letran and moderator of the NCAA Philippines, before returning to Spain in 1933. He was martyred during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Feast day November 6th.

Documentary about the Spanish Dominican Martyrs.