Citizens of Calvary, let us die for Him. I have the task of encouraging you, yet I feel encouraged by your example.”
All the religious received sacramental absolution and the Eucharist with devotion. Then they proceeded strong and serene towards martyrdom.
In the following days they were killed in “hated for the faith”, in various groups and in different places. The first group suffered martyrdom on July 23 and the last on October 23.
The Passionists of Daimiel are celebrated as martyrs of a religious community as a whole, in its various components: the provincial superior, the local superior, student Director, four priests, two young students with their professors, four religious brothers.
Niceforo and his companions, beatified by John Paul II on October 1, 1989, are the first martyrs of the Passionist Congregation to be elevated to the honors of the altar.
The date of 23 (24) July was chosen for the liturgical commemoration because it was the day on which the first group suffered martyrdom, led by the Provincial Superior, Nicéforo Diez.