James Kisai

James Kisai, also known as Diego Kisai (ディエゴ喜斎)[4] or Jacobo Kisai,[5] was a Japanese Jesuit lay brother and saint, one of the 26 Martyrs of Japan.[6]

Saint James Kisai
Statue of Kisai in Okayama Catholic Church in Okayama, Japan
Jesuit and Martyr
Bornc. 1534[1]
Tsudaka District, Bizen Province (now within Okayama Prefecture)
Died5 February 1597[2] (aged 62/63)
Nagasaki, Japan
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
BeatifiedSeptember 14, 1627 by Pope Urban VIII
CanonizedJune 8, 1862[3] by Pope Pius IX
Feast6 February
PatronageJapan

Out of the 26, Kisai, Paul Miki, and John Soan de Goto were the only Jesuits to be executed in Nagasaki on February 5, 1597.