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Gonsalo Garcia

Born of a Portuguese father and a Canarese mother in Bassein, East India, about the year 1556 or 1557; d. 5 Feb. 1597.  His early training was entrusted to the Jesuits, who brought him up in their college in Bassein Fort.  At the age of twenty-four or twenty-five he went to Japan in the company of some Jesuit Fathers who were ordered, 19 1580, to leave Bassein, and join their mission in the former country.  He quickly acquired a knowledge of the language; and as he was of an amiable disposition he won the hearts of the people and did great service as a catechist for eight years.  He then left this kind of work, and betook himself to Alacao for trading purposes.  His business soon flourished and branches were opened in different places.  During his frequent visits to Manila he made the acquaintance of the Franciscans, and being drawn more and more towards them he finally joined the Seraphic Order as a lay brother.  He sailed from the Philippine islands with other companions in religion under Petrus Baptista, 26 May 1592 on an embassy from the Spanish Governor to the Emperor of Japan.  After working zealously for the glory of God for more than four years, the Emperor Taiko-Sama, suspecting the missionaries were aiming at the overthrow of his throne, ordered St. Garcia and his companions to be guarded in their Convent at Miaco on 9 December, 1596.  A few days afterwards, when there were singing vespers, behind their backs were taken to prison.  On 3 January, 1597, the extremities of the left ears of twenty-six confessors.  St. Garcia amongst the number, were cut off; but were with great respect  collected by the Christians.  On 5 February of the same year, the day of the martyrdom, St. Garcia was the first to be extended on, and nailed to the cross which was then erected in the middle of those of his companions.  Two lances piercing the body from one side to the other and passing through the heart, whilst the saint was singing the praises of God during the infliction of the torture, put an end to his sufferings and won for Garcia the martyr’s crown.  In 1627 these twenty-six servants of God wre declared venerable by Urban VIII; their feast occurs on 5 February, the anniversary of their sufferings; and in 1629 their veneration was permitted throughout the Universal Church.

 

Family ID Head of the family
10-0012 BEENA THURUTHIYIL
10-0021 MEGHAN THAKUR
10-0022 IRENE D'SOUZA
10-0023 CHRISTINE D'SA
10-0024 GEORGE D'SOUZA
10-0025 WALTER MATHIAS
10-0026 MAURICE CARDOZA
10-0027 HAROLD ROSETTEE
10-0028 JAMES D'SOUZA
10-0029 JOHN D'SOUZA
10-0030 HAROLD PINTO
10-0052 JOHN ANTHONY  
10-0069 GEORGE POSWAITY
10-0070 RICHARD RODRIGUES
10-0076 AUGUSTIN D'SOUZA
10-0077 FRANSQUINHA TAURO
10-0078 ALLEN REGO
10-0079 INAS PAIS
10-0083 STANLEY REBELLO
10-0084 JOSEPH ALMEIDA
10-0085 JOHN LEO PAIS
10-0087 FREDRICK D'COSTA
10-0088 THOMAS MENEZES
10-0256 JOHN CORREIA
10-0261 WILLIAM THOMAS
10-0271 CLODE NAVEEN RODRIGUES
10-0284 RUSSELL WASDELL
10-0287 CYRIL VAZ
10-0293 ANTO FERNANDO
10-0296 LOVEL BAPTIST
10-0302 AUGUSTINE DUTTA
10-0307 SUSHILA PARMAR
10-0310 JOHN D'SOUZA
10-0355 DENIS MASCARENHAS
10-0380 FLORA DIAS
10-0386 MARTIN FERNANDES
10-0388 AGNES ROSY BARBOZA
10-0401 ANTHONY ROMEO D'SOUZA
10-0438 SUNNY D'SOUZA
10-0441 LEENA TAITES
10-0451 NOEL FRANCIS
10-0492 IVAN ALMEIDA
10-0497 JAYANTI LOBO
10-0516 HENRY ABREO
10-0518 ELVIS FERNANDES
10-0532 NORVIN REBELLO
10-0533 ROCKY MARTIN
10-0534 TREVOR DEPENHA
10-0555 DENIS MASCARENHAS
10-0559 BLACIOUS RODRIGUES
10-0560 FRANCIS LOBO
10-0562 MICHAEL  D'SOUZA
10-0565 RAJDETT PETERSON
10-0566 BRYAN NORONHA
10-0570 JOCHIM LOBO
10-0572 SURESH NAIK
10-0573 LEO CHING
10-0579 JOSEPH D'SA
10-0580 NICHOLAS ROZARIO
10-0581 JOSEPH MENDEZ
10-0583 RICHARD FERNANDES
10-0589 CLIFFORD FERNANDES
10-0590 SUBHASH PAIS
10-0592 MARIAN D'SOUZA
10-0593 THEODORE D'SOUZA
10-0595 WINSTON DCRUZE
10-0604 FELIX D'ALMEIDA
10-0607 MARIUS PEREIRA
10-0611 JOHN ARUL
10-0615 P. J. CHERIAN
10-0618 RICHARD GOMES
10-0624 LOUELLA SALIYAN
10-0629 EDWARD D'SOUZA
10-0630 CUSTODIO PAIS
10-0635 GRETA SHETTY
10-0645 FELIX FERNANDES
10-0649 MELVIN FERNANDES
10-0653 WILFRED MATHIAS
10-0656 CLIFFORD CORDAS
10-0661 CLIFFORD  LOBO
10-0666 LAWRENCE THAVAR
10-0668 DONALD D'SOUZA
10-0671 NELSON DIAS
10-0673 LAWRENCE THAVAR
10-0691 HEROLD MARTIS
10-0692 ROCK CARDOZO
10-0697 RONALD BARBOZA
10-0698 PRISCILLA LAWRENCE

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10-0709

10-0710

10-0711

ARCHANA PEREIRA

RAPHAEL RODRIGUES

JITESH JOHN MARTIS

DARRYL FERNANDES

 

 

 
     
 
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