Blessed Diego Pires

Blessed Diego Pires

Diego Pires


  • Death: 07/15/1570
  • Nationality (place of birth): Portugal

Diogo Pires was en route to Brazil as a missionary when he was captured by Calvinist corsairs and martyred, along with 39 other Jesuits led by Father Igácio de Azevedo. Pires, a scholastic from Portugal, was killed with a lance and then afterwards his body was thrown into the sea.

For more details of the story of this group, see the account listed under the name of Blessed Igácio de Azevedo.

Other Martyers for the Catholic Faith after Reformation

Originally Collected and edited by: Tom Rochford, SJ