Blessed Gaspar Alvares

Blessed Gaspar Alvares

Gaspar Alvares


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

Gaspar Alvares 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. Brother Alvares, a native of Oporto, Portugal, was wounded and thrown alive 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