John de Britto

John de Britto (also spelled Brito; Portuguese: João de Brito), also known as Arul Anandar, (born in Lisbon, Portugal on 1 March 1647 – died at Orur,[lower-alpha 1] Tamil Nadu, India on 4 February 1693) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and martyr, often called 'the Portuguese St Francis Xavier' by Indian Catholics. He can be called the John the Baptist of India.


John de Britto
Born1 March 1647
Lisbon, Portugal
DiedFebruary 4, 1693(1693-02-04) (aged 45)
Orur, Tamil Nadu, India
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified21 August 1853, Rome by Pope Pius IX
Canonized22 June 1947, Rome by Pope Pius XII
Feast4 February
PatronagePortugal, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sivagangai, Sakthikulangara
Styles of
John de Britto, S.J.
Reference styleThe Reverend Father
Spoken styleFather
Posthumous styleSaint