Holweck’s American Martyrology – Franciscan missionaries Juan de Parga and Marcos Delgado, Martyrs

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JANUARY 25. At Patali, in the country of the Apalache Indians, Florida, the memory of the Franciscan missionaries Juan de Parga and Marcos Delgado, Martyrs. When during the war of Spanish succession Governor Moore of South Carolina with his Apalachicola allies invaded Florida and marched into the Apalache country to sell the Indian converts as slaves, Father Juan de Parga, the missionary of Patali, addressed the Indians, urging them to fight bravely, for God’s holy law, as no death could be more glorious than to perish for the faith and truth. After the unfortunate battle of Ayubale, Father Parga, under the eyes of Moore, was burned by the Indians at the stake, beheaded and his leg cut off. Another Religious, Marcos Delgado, endeavoring to save Father Parga, was slain, January 25, 1704. They were buried at Ybitacucho. SHEA, Vol. i, p. 461.

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  • Father F G Holweck. “Franciscan missionaries Juan de Parga and Marcos Delgado, Martyrs”. American Martyrology, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 October 2013. Web. 25 September 2018. <>