The Magín Catalá, O.F.M. Collection, circa 1885-2009 (bulk 1885 – 1909), documents the life of Fray Magín Catalá, O.F.M. 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 circa 1885 and again in 1908-1909 during the beatification process of Fr. Magín Catalá. The collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Process of Beatification, circa 1885-1909; Series II. Biographical Publications and Related Materials, circa 1909-2009 (bulk 1909-1964); and Series III. Relics and Devotional Materials, circa 1907-1962, and undated.
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