Hector Valdivielso is the first saint born in Argentina. He was a brother of the La Salle martyr in Spain at the tender age of 24 years old. Born in Buenos Aires on October 31, 1910, Hector Saez joined the De Salle’s Brothers in 1926.
Before that, he had relocated with his family to Briviesca at the age of four. At the age of 12, Hector, together with his brother, joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools. They did so with the hopes of one day becoming a missionary. He furthered his training in Belgium.
Three years after joining the brotherhood, Hector returned to Spain, where he dedicated his services as a teacher to the local children. He conducted all his activities with a burning passion leaving nothing to himself. During his free time, he took the initiative to tutor and mentor his students. He did all this at a time when Christians were being persecuted.
When he turned 24, Hector Saez was taken prisoner by communists. He was not alone; six De La Salle Brothers and a Passionist father were also captured and transported against their will to the House of the People.
Many years after his passing, a young man prayed two novenas for his wife, who was battling cancer. He asked for martyrs’ intercession so that his wife Rafaela Bravo would be cured of the fatal disease. That same night Rafaela expelled what looked like a clot and was cured of her ailment.
Thus on November 21, 1999, Hector Saez was Canonized in the Vatican. Consequently, his relics were collected by officials and venerated in the church of San Nicolas de Bari, located in Buenos Aires. Hector is the only saint canonized in 1999.