José Aldazábal, SDB
1933 - 2006
1933 - 2006
Rev. José Aldazábal, SDB, from the "Centro de Pastoral Litúrgica de Barcelona", directed for the CPL the collections "Biblioteca Litúrgica", "Dossiers CPL", "Phase" and "Misa Dominical.” He wrote numerous liturgical books including "La Eucaristía", "Vocabulario básico de Liturgia", "El ministerio de la homilía."
Born July 4, 1933 in Azkoitia, Guipúzcoa, España, he was a Salesian priest, studied Theology in Turin, earned a doctorate in Liturgy from the Pontifical University of San Anselmo, and spent time in Germany. Professor of the "Facultad de Teología de Cataluña", and the Salesian Seminary of Martí-Codolar, he taught liturgy extensively to priests, religious, and lay Catholics in Spain, Latin-America, and Portugal.
Fr. Aldazábal knew fully the richness of the liturgy, and knew how to explain it in a simple way through both the written and the spoken word. With these three qualities, he was able to offer a superior celebration that helped a great number of people and places to know, prepare, and love more the Christian celebrations, their sense and meaning. Throughout his life, he maintained a constant interest in keeping current with the various aspects that affected the liturgy. In later years he would write in a small notebook references on liturgical articles from many magazines, so nothing would escape him. To him, great thanks, and best wishes: ¡Que viva en Dios!
Tribute written by Josep LLigada, published in “Misa Dominical” by the Centro de Pastoral Litúrgica in Barcelona. Parts translated by Sr. Marilú S. Covani, SP, Office of Worship, Diocese of San Bernardino.