Martyr, born Loudun, France, 1809; died Sontai, Indo-China, 1837. He joined the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and was ordained 1834. Sent to China, Father Cornay was placed in charge of the parish of Bauno in Tonkin. In 1837 he was seized, placed in a cage, and carried to Sontai. Here he suffered severe torture for promulgating the Christian religion. Finally on 20 September, he was decapitated and his hands and feet cut off. His body was temporarily buried near the place of execution; after three years exposure his head was secured by some Christians, and his entire remains later received honorable burial in the Christian parish of Schioung. Beatified, 1900.
- “Blessed John Charles Cornay”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 1 September 2013. Web. 30 August 2016. <>