Oil dedicated to Martyr St Augustin Schoeffler on prayer cloth (Patron for Printers)
On September 24, 1857, Martyr St Augustin Schoeffler declared Venerable by Pope Pius IX. He beatified by Pope Leo XIII on May 7, 1900. He made a saint by Pope John Paul II on June 19, 1988.
From the early 1600s onward, Catholic missionaries of various affiliations were present in Vietnam, though on a small scale and only in the lowlands.
Near the end of that century, a papal intervention gave the evangelisation of the northeast portion of Tonkin–covering roughly one-third of the region–to Spanish Dominicans based in Manila, whilst the Societe des Missions Etrangeres de Paris (MEP) given the remaining two-thirds.
La Société des Missions Etrangères de Paris (the Paris Foreign Missions Society) (MEP) established 1658-63. It one of the main societies for the conversion of Vietnam.
Thousands of Catholic priests, religious and laity in Vietnam who were killed between 1625 and 1886 for their faith
Fr. Schoeffler one. Following his arrest in the Tonkin, invited to renounce his Christian faith and to trample upon the Lord’s cross. When he refused, he sentenced to death.
The sentence of death, written on a board and planted into the ground before him, read: “In spite of the prohibitions of the religion of Jesus, Augustin, a European priest, has dared to come by stealth into the kingdom to preach that religion and to deceive the people. He is condemned to be beheaded and his head to be thrown into the water.”
He died on 1st May which is his feast day.
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