Saints of the Day – Blessed Francis Gil de Federich, O.P., Martyr

detail of a tapestry of the martyrdom of San Francisco Gil de Frederic; Antonio Cerveto, 1902; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Born in Tortosa, Spain, in 1702; died in Checo, Tonkin, in 1744; beatified in 1906. (He and Matthew Lenziana may have been among the Martyrs of Vietnam canonized in 1988, but I have no verification of that as yet.) During the first 200 years of Christianity in the area now called Vietnam – Tonkin, Annam, and Cochin-China – it is believed that about 100,000 were martyred. The records of most of these witnesses to the faith have been lost. The earliest martyrs of whom there is substantial documentation are the Spanish Preacher Friars, Francis Gil and Alonzo Lenziana. Blessed Francis became a Dominican in Barcelona and was sent to the Philippines. From there he was sent to Tonkin, where after long apostolic labors, he was arrested and imprisoned. Gil directed a fruitful apostolate during the nine years of confinement before his decapitation at Checo (Benedictines, Farmer).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 October 2021. Web. 22 October 2021. <>