Gonzalo was the third of six brothers. He completed his primary education in Valsadornín, his hometown...
Valsadornín, Palencia, 1 August 1929 – Madrid, 30 July 2014
Gonzalo was the third of six brothers. He completed his primary education in Valsadornín, his hometown. He studied humanities in the seminary of Leganés, from 1944 to 1947. He made his novitiate in the Monastery of El Escorial and professed simple vows at the age of 19 on 24 September 1948. He completed his seminary studies in Philosophy at the Monastery of El Escorial from 1948 to 1951. He then studied theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca and at the Angelicum in Rome, where he received his licentiate in 1955 and his doctorate in 1957 at the age of 28. He was ordained to the priesthood on 31 October 1954. From this point on his life was closely linked with the Monastery of El Escorial as he fulfilled many works and services in the community and in the Augustinian Province Matritense:
-In the area of intellectual work and studies, he was professor of various areas of theology, regent of studies, and a prolific author of many books and scientific articles.
-In the area of formation, he was the vocation director of the province, a member of the formation team at the Monastery of El Escorial and master of professed.
-In the area of management, he was administrator and secretary of the publication Estudios Escurialenses and of the review La Ciudad de Dios.
-In the area of governance, he was rector of the Monastery Basilica and for a total of sixteen years he was prior of the Monastery community.
In the General Chapter of 1989, celebrated in Rome, he was elected Econome General, a ministry he served in for 12 years, 1989-2001.
Fr. Gonzalo was known for his pleasant disposition, his hard work, and for his doing things well.
Last February he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Nevertheless, he continued to live a normal life, helped by his brother, Fr. Angel Díaz, who is also a member of the same province. When it became evident that he was going to need greater assistance because of his illness and his rapidly deteriorating condition, he was hospitalized, but died within a few hours of that hospitalization.
In his sickness, as in his whole life, he was an example of equanimity, kindness and profound religious spirit. Faith was his guiding light, which illuminated his path on earth.