THE CATHOLIC FEAST | NOVEMBER 24

SAINT ANDREW DUNG-LAC - Priest, 

And COMPANIONS - Martyrs

       [The Martyrs Of Vietnam]

THEIR LIFE PROFILE

Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to the people of Vietnam during the sixteenth century. 

 

In the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, Christians suffered persecution for their beliefs. 

 

Many were put to death, especially during the reign of Emperor Minh–Mang (from 1820 to 1840). 

 

Today we commemorate the 117 martyrs who bore witness to their faith in the Gospel in Vietnam. They were proclaimed saints by Pope John Paul II on June 19,1988.

 

This heroic group includes ninety–six people from Vietnam, eleven from Spain, and ten from France. 

 

There were eight bishops in the group. Of the fifty who were priests, some belonged to the Dominican Order and others were diocesan priests of the Paris Mission Society. 

 

St. Andrew Dung–Lac, who represents this group of heroes, was a Vietnamese diocesan priest. St. 

 

Theophane Venard, whose feast we celebrate on November 6, was also one of these diocesan priests. There were fifty–nine lay people in the group as well.

 

The martyrs of Vietnam suffered in order to preserve and pass on the greatest treasure that they possessed: THEIR CATHOLIC FAITH.

 

SAINT ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS, PRAY FOR US.

AMEN!

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