A French missionary and martyr, born 1 March 1824 at Saint-Christôt-en-Jarret (Diocese of Lyons); beheaded 30 April 1852. After a collegiate course at Saint Jodard, he entered the seminary of Lyons, which he left at the age of twenty two, to complete his theological studies at the Seminary of the Foreign Missions in Paris. From Nantes, where he was ordained, he sailed for the missions of Western Tongking and reached there in May 1850. In 1851 he was put in charge of two parishes there; but as early as 21 March 1852, he was arrested and cast into prison. Sentence of death was pronounced against him and was executed immediately upon receipt of its confirmation by the king (30 April 1852). His remains were thrown into the river, but recovered by Christians and sent by them to the Seminary of Foreign Missions. Bonnard has been declared Venerable by the Church.
- Nicholas Weber. “Venerable Jean Louis Bonnard”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 21 April 2015. Web. 20 October 2016. <>