Bernardo de Hoyos

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Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos y de Seña, S. J. (21 August[1] 1711 – 29 November 1735) was a Jesuit priest, first and main apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spain. He was beatified on 18 April 2010 in Valladolid, community of Castile and León, Spain.


His family came from a village called Hoyos. His father was a secretary at the town hall of Torrelobatón, near Valladolid; this village belonged then to the diocese of Palencia. He was baptized Bernardo Francisco Javier.

He entered the Jesuit colleges of Medina del Campo and Villagarcía de Campos (Valladolid) and was promoted to noviciate by Father Félix de Vargas on 11 July 1726, as he was 14 years old. He took his simple vows at 17. He studied Philosophy at the College of San Pedro y San Pablo (Medina del Campo), now Parish Church of Santiago el Real. In September 1731, he started studying theology at the College of San Ambrosio (Valladolid), now National Sanctuary of the Great Promise. He had mystical experiences and revelations about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that led him to spread this devotion and worship in Spain. He was ordained a priest on 2 January 1735, with a special dispensation, as he was not old enough. On 6 January he celebrated his first Mass in the College of San Ignacio (Valladolid), now Church of San Miguel and San Julián (Valladolid). Few weeks after he fell ill with typhus and he died on 29 November. He was 24 years old. His remains were buried in the College of San Ignacio; they were removed afterwards to unknown place.[2][3]


  1. ^ Some sources mention 20 August as birthdate.
  2. ^ Biografía (jesuitas)
  3. ^ Biografía (Santuario Nacional de la Gran Promesa)

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