In 1884, the Archbishop of San Francisco, Joseph Alemany, initiated a formal investigation on the Cause for Sainthood for
Friar Magin Catalá, O.F.M., using the inquisitorial process specified by canon law procedure. In response to a request from
Rome for more information the next archbishop conducted additional inquiries in 1908-1909. The records from both procedures
including the testimony of the witnesses comprise this body of records.
Magin Catalá y Guash (1761-1830), a native of Catalonia, came to California in 1793 as a Franciscan missionary. He served
the bulk of his ministry at Mission Santa Clara from 1794 to 1830, where he died with a reputation for holiness and miracles
among the Indians and Spanish-speaking inhabitants. Thirty years after his death, this reputation came to the attention of
Catholic Church authorities.
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