Blessed Francisco Alvares

Blessed Francisco Alvares

Francisco Alvares


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

Francisco Alvares (ca. 1539-1570) 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 Covilhã, Portugal, was 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