Holweck’s American Martyrology – Father Luis de Quiros and Companions, Martyrs


February 14. At Axacan (Occoquan) on the Rappahannock River, Virginia, the memory of the Jesuit martyrs, Father Luis de Quiros and the lay brothers Gabriel de Solis and Juan Mendez. They had come to Virginia with the Vice-Provincial Father Segura (v. 18 February). When the missionaries found that their treacherous Indian guide, Luis de Velasco, did not return to them, Father Quiros with his companions set out to effect a return of the misguided man by a personal conference. But Luis met them with hypocritical excuses. When the disconsolate missionaries turned to leave the village, the Indians rushed on them and killed them with a shower of arrows, 14 February 1571.

MLA Citation

  • Father F G Holweck. “Father Luis de Quiros and Companions, Martyrs”. American Martyrology, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 February 2017. Web. 14 December 2018. <>