Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building
Thomasian Alumni Center
As one of the major facilities to be built in the Manila campus of Pontifical, Royal and Catholic University of Santo Tomas, the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building is poised to serve as the meeting place of all members of the alumni in the Philippines and abroad. The center is conceived to house the individual alumni chapters of each faculty and college. The structure honors the name of Blessed Buenaventura Garcia de Paredes, who was a law professor of the University and a Master of the Order of Preachers martyred in 1936 during the religious persecution in Spain.
Who is Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P.?
Blessed Buenaventura Garcia Paredes O.P. was a former Master of the Order. Born on April 19, 1866 to Serapio Garcia Paredes and Maria Pallasa, he grew up in Castañeda de Valdes, a province of Asturias. He was baptized to be a Catholic by Fr. Pedro Gonzales Cienfuegos. The Paredes lived humbly in the rural areas of Asturias. During his childhood, Buenaventura took care of his father’s sheep. He is remembered as an obedient, respectful and virtuous child.
Living with a saintly mother and meeting friar-preachers, Buenaventura was convinced that these were signs of vocation to the Dominican Order. He underwent Latin language lessons under Fr. Antonio Francisco, in preparation of entering the seminary.
Buenaventura started his vocation by entering the Dominican School of Corias in Asturias, but due to his poor health, he had to come back home. After regaining his health, he was able to continue his vocation at the Apostolic School of the Dominican Province of the Our Lady of the Rosary, a convent located in Ocaña, Toledo, where he obtained the Domincan Habit on August 30, 1883.
From then on, Blessed Buenaventura went from one school to another, practicing his simple profession while doing further philosophical studies. In September of 1887, Buenaventura went to the College of Santo Tomas in Avila and made his solemn profession before Fr. Santiago Paya. On his third year in Theology, he was sent to the University of Salamanca to study Civil Law. He was ordained priest on July 25, 1891 by his Excellency, Most. Rev. Juan Herrero, D.D., bishop of Avila.
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