New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed John Louis Bonnard

[Saint John-Louis Bonnard]Article

Martyr, born Saint Christot, France, 1824; died West Tonkin, Indo-China, 1852. He entered the seminary at Aix, later studied at Lyons, and joined the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, being ordained priest, 1848. Two months after his ordination Father Bonnard went to Hong Kong, and in May 1850, he arrived at Tonkin, the field of his future apostolic labors. He was appointed to the districts of Kebang and Ketrinh. In 1852 he was arrested at Boasujan, taken to Nadinh, and put in chains. After several examinations he was finally beheaded, 1 May 1852. His blood-covered garments, links of his chain, and his hair and beard were kept by the heathen soldiers and later sold to the Christians. His body was thrown into the river but immediately recovered by the Christians and placed in the college of Vinhtri. Beatified, 1900.

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