On 29th November 1976 Father José María passed away, leaving us a final message: “Looking back is an offence to God, you must always look forward”. Father José María Arizmendiarrieta came from Markina and arrived in Arrasate/Mondragón in 1941, as a newly ordained priest. It was to be his first and only placement.
Here are some of the key moments in his life:
1956. Father José María blessed Ulgor’s foundation stone.
1959. Caja Laboral Popular was set up, inspired by Father José María, as a support body for the development of the co-operatives.