Friday, January 27, 2012


Bl. Vincent de Cunha

Feastday: January 12
Died: 1737

Vincent de Cunha, Blessed (d. 1737) + Jesuit martyr of Vietnam. He arrived inVietnam in 1736 and worked only one year be-fore being arrested. He was martyred with two

companions and Blessed Gaspard.

Blesseds  Vincent da Cunha, SJ MM (AC)
 John Gaspard Cratz
 Emmanuel d'Abreu
 Bartholomew Alvarez and

 Died in Tonkin (Vietnam) in 1737. These Jesuits were sent to the Kingdom of Tonkin together as missionaries in 1736. Together they were arrested in March 1736 and

were beheaded there for the faith the following year. Bartholomew Alvarez (born near Braganza, Portugal) joined the Jesuits at Coimbra in 1723. Emmanuel d'Abreu (born

at Arouca, Portugal, in 1708) entered the order in 1724. John Gaspard Cratz (born at Duren near Cologne, Germany), entered the Jesuits at Macao in 1730. Vincent da

Cunha was another Jesuit cleric sent from Portugal to evangelize Tonkin. They were not there long before they were martyred (Benedictines).

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