Blessed João Fernandes I

Blessed João Fernandes I

João Fernandes I


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

João Fernandes I (ca. 1547-1570) 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. Fernandes, a novice scholastic from Braga, Portugal, was thrown overboard 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