Wednesday, May 7, 2014


St. Francis of St. Michael
Francis of Saint Michael, OFM,

Feast day: February 6

Death: 1597

Franciscan martyr of Japan. Born in Parilla, Spain, he was a Franciscan lay brother sent to Manila, in the Philippines to Japan as a missionary. In 1593, he accompanied St. Peter Baptist to Japan. After three years he was arrested at Osaka, Japan, with St. Peter Baptist and twenty-four others, in 1596, and awaited execution the following year..They were crucified near Nagasaki on February 5. He was canonized in 1862 as a Martyr of Japan.

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