Friday, January 17, 2014


St. Matthias of Meako

Feast day: February 6
Died: 1597
Matthias of Miyako, OFM Tert., a Japanese native, became a Franciscan tertiary.

Martyr of Japan. A native Japanese from Meako, Matthias became a Franciscan tertiary. Matthias was not listed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi as one of the twenty-six Christians to be slain as examples; however, he took the place of one of the designated martyrs and was crucified with St. Peter Baptist and companions in Nagasaki. Matthias was canonized in 1862.

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