Entered the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris seminary in 1774, and ordained on 17 September. Missionary to Szechuan, China in 1775. Imprisoned for six months in 1784 during a government persecution of Christians. He was re-assigned to Macao, but return to the Chinese missions in 1788. Titular bishop of Thabraca and co-adjutor Vicar Apostolic of Se-Ciuen, China on 24 July 1798; he succeeded to the Vicar Apostolic on 15 November 1801. Spent the next 15 years in constant danger during the persecution of Christians and foreigners. Betrayed to the Chinese authorities by a scared native Christian. Martyr.
- beheaded in 14 September 1815 at Chengdu, Sichuan, China
- head attached to a pole and his body left exposed for three days as a warning to others, then buried by local Christians
- “Saint Jean-Gabriel-Taurin Dufresse“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 May 2013. Web. 3 May 2015. <>