Victoria Díez

Blessed Victoria Díez y Bustos de Molina was a teacher in a public school in the town of Hornachuelos (Córdoba) when the Civil War broke out in Spain in July 1936. On 11 August, she was arrested with several men of the town and shot the next day as she professed her faith. She was only 33.

At her beatification in Rome on 10 October 1993, Pope John Paul II said, “This woman being beatified is an example of openness to the Spirit and apostolic vitality. She knew how to achieve holiness in her work as an educator in a rural community, while at the same time collaborating in parish activities, particularly in catechesis. The joy she transmitted to all was a faithful reflection of her unconditional dedication to Jesus, which led her to the highest act of witness when she offered her life for the salvation of many”.

She was born in Seville and studied Education. She was an enthusiast of the visual arts and she attended courses at the School of Arts and Crafts in Seville.

She joined the Teresian Association in 1926. There she found her vocation and her place as a committed laywoman who was in love with Jesus Christ. She left us a simple diary which was published under the title "Christ at the Forefront”.