The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Blessed Pierre Dumoulin-Borie and Others

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Those who knew Blessed Pierre Dumoulin- Borie when he was a college boy would scarcely have anticipated that the rather frivolous young man would at the age of thirty-two obtain a most glorious crown of martyrdom. He had been somewhat spoiled by his companions and gave his parents and superiors a great deal of trouble. But after he had received minor orders a complete change of mind took place. And when he entered the seminary of the foreign missions at Paris he had to encounter great opposition on the part of his mother.

Immediately after his ordination Dumoulin-Borie was sent to Tonkin. During the whole time of his labor here a furious persecution was raging. He neither feared nor avoided the sacrifice. In July 1838, he fell into the hands of the persecutors. After severe tortures he wrote a touching letter from his prison to his relatives in France showing the noble-minded sentiments with which he was going to death. His appointment as vicar-apostolic of western Tonkin reached him in his prison. Two native priests and two catechists shared his captivity. The heathens were greatly amazed to hear only songs of praise coming from the prison. The Blessed Peter was beheaded on 24 November 1838. On the same day were strangled the two native priests, Blessed Peter Khoa and Blessed Vincent Diem. The two catechists, Blessed Anthony Quinh-Nam and Blessed Peter Tu, died on 10 July 1840.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Blessed Pierre Dumoulin-Borie and Others”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 September 2018. Web. 23 January 2019. <>