Oil dedicated to martyr St John Perboyre on prayer cloth
Martyr St John Perboyre born on 6th January 1802 at Le Puech near Mongesty, Southern France.
He is one of the eight children born to Pierre Perboyre and Marie Rigal.
At age 16 he followed his brother Louis to the seminary. And joined the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent on Christmas Day 1818. Ordained in Paris on 23 September 1825. Professor of theology. Seminary rector. Assistant director of novices.
His brother Louis chosen for the missions in China but died during his voyage there. John immediately asked to take his place and received permission to go. He arrived in Macao in 1835 to study the Chinese language and proceeded to Ho-Nan to serve the poor there. He helped his order rescue and care for abandoned children. John taught them through stories he told in his broken Chinese.
John Gabriel’s Death
In 1839, the provincial governor instituted a violent persecution of Christian priests and catechists, and the missionaries in Hubei went into hiding. John betrayed, arrested, and questioned—authorities wanted him to trample a crucifix and reveal where the other missionaries were hiding. He refused and tortured horribly, branded on the face and cut deeply to his bones. On this date in 1840, after a year of captivity and torture, he strangled on a cross with seven other common criminals.
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