Juan de Zafra 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. Zafra, a novice brother from Spain, was thrown alive into the sea.
For more details of the story of this group, see the account listed under the name of Blessed Inácio de Azevedo.
Other Martyrs for the Catholic Faith after Reformation
Originally Collected and edited by: Tom Rochford, SJ