Fernández Arcoya, José

Very popular priest of the Basilica of La Virgen de las Angustias. He was appointed parish priest on June 26, 1920. The García Lorca family resided in Granada, from 1909, in two apartments near the parish so they knew first hand the keys to the popularity of “Father Arcoya”, as he was known by his followers. The parishioners regarded Arcoya as a good speaker, vehement, restless and very conservative: the prototype of the parish priest of an important church who, from 1936 onwards, did not hesitate to exercise the prerogatives of National Catholicism.

Memory of the funeral of José Fernández Arcoya, parish priest of the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in Granada / Photo: Todocolección
Memory of the funeral of José Fernández Arcoya, parish priest of the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in Granada / Photo: Todocolección

Federico García Lorca, according to his brother Francisco, imitated his sermons in theatrical plays and demanded from his audience (brothers and maids), with marked irony, both attention and seriousness. He was also a professor at the Seminary and published works like the Devotee of la Virgen de las Angustias.

He spent more than fifty years in charge of the parish. After the Civil War he was linked to the Francoist cause. In 1948, he founded a school in the premises attached to the parish. He died in Granada on December 8, 1966.

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