Gonsalo Garcia

Gonsalo Garcia, O.F.M. (Portuguese: Gonçalo Garcia; 1556 – 5 February 1597),[1] was a lay brother of the Franciscans from Portuguese Bombay and Bassein in early modern India. He died a Christian martyr in the 16th-century Shogunate of Japan, and was canonised a saint along with his companions, the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan.[1] He was born at Bassein (Vasai), Baçaim in the Indo-Portuguese era, an exurban town of the present-day Greater Bombay metropolis.


Gonsalo Garcia

St Gonsalo Garcia of Bassein
Born1556/1557
Bassein (Baçaim), Portuguese India
Deccan Sultanates
Died5 February 1597(1597-02-05) (aged 40)
Nagasaki, Japan
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified14 September 1627 by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX
Major shrineSt. Gonsalo Garcia Church
Gass, Vasai, India
Feast6 February (along with other martyrs), 7 February (in India)
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