Fith of nine children. Studied in seminaries in Nozeroy and Vaux-sur-Poligny, France. Member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society. Ordained in 1848. Missionary to Vietnam. Director of the Society‘s seminary. Taught philosophy and translated textbooks for his students. Noted for having a deep spiritual life in the midst of endless work. In the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc he had to go on the road, hiding from imperial anti–Christian forces, but was eventually betrayed to the authorities, imprisoned in a cage for three months, starved for three weeks, tortured and martyred.
- beheaded on 3 November 1860 in Son Tây, Ha Tay, Vietnam
- severed head throw into the river and body buried at the execution site
- in 1880 his body was re-interred in the crypt in church that was built next to his execution site
- “Saint Pierre-François Néron“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 November 2015. Web. 23 March 2017. <>