Holweck’s American Martyrology – Father Juan Bautista de Segura and Companions, Martyrs


18 February. At Occoquan, on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, the memory of the Jesuit martyrs Father Juan Bautista de Segura, the novices Gabriel de Granada and Sancho de Zevellos and the lay brothers Cristoval Redondo and Pedro Linares. With Father Rogel, the founder of the Florida mission, Father Segura, since 1568, had worked at various points along the coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, with little success. About to give up the impracticable field, he received orders from Saint Pius V and Saint Francis Borgia to persevere. Accompanied by a converted Indian chief, Luis de Velasco, Father Segura, Vice Provincial of Florida, with his companions (the martyrs of 14 February) and four Indian boys, sailed from Saint Helena (Saint Augustine), and landed near the present Saint Mary’s on the Chesapeake Bay, 10 September 1570. But the Indian guide, a brother of the chief, apostatized, and the Indians, after having slain Father Quiros on 14 February, killed Father Segura and his companions with the hatchets they had taken from them, 18 February 1571. This martyrdom led Saint Francis Borgia to abandon the mission of Florida for the more inviting field of Mexico. Father Segura was born at Toledo and had joined the Jesuits at Alcala, 9 April 1566. He had been rector of the college of Valladolid, when he was sent to America by Saint Francis Borgia in 1568. Catholic Encyclopedia, volume 15.

MLA Citation

  • Father F G Holweck. “Father Juan Bautista de Segura and Companions, Martyrs”. American Martyrology, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 October 2013. Web. 10 December 2018. <>