Witnesses to the Truth: The True Martyrdom of the Servants of God

The Victims


The document establishes the fact that there were five Franciscan friars slain in the September 1597 Revolt. Since a curriculum vitae for each of the five is supplied supra, VII, under the title "The Servants of God," at this point it is sufficient to list their names with a summary outline of their lives.


FRAY PEDRO DE CORPA

Born in Villabilla, not far from Madrid, circa 1560. Professed in the Franciscan Province of Castile probably in the late 1570's.3 Ordained priest in the mid-1580's. Assigned to the mission of La Florida in 1587. Placed in charge of the doctrina at Tolomato, the major mission among the Guales. Killed at his mission on September 14, 1597.

FRAY BIAS RODRÍGUEZ

Born in Cuacos, in the Plasencia Valley in the mid or late 1550's. Professed in the Discalced Franciscan Province of San Gabriel in the 1580's. Ordained a priest circa 1585. Assigned to the Florida mission in 1590. Placed in charge of the doctrina at Tupiqui. Killed at his mission on September 16, 1597.

FRAY MIGUEL DE AÑON

Born probably in either the Province of Saragossa or the Province of Huesca circa 1540. Entered the Franciscan Province of Castile probably about 1570. Ordained to the priesthood about 1580. Assigned to the Florida mission in 1595. Appointed to the doctrina on Guale (St. Catherines) Island. Slain at his mission on September 17, 1597.

FRAY ANTONIO DE BÁDAJOZ

Born in La Albuera, Province of Badajoz. Professed as a lay brother in the Discalced Franciscan Province of San Gabriel. Already of mature age when sent to the Florida mission in 1587. After various other assignments he became an assistant at the doctrina on Guale in 1595, where he was slain, September 17, 1597.

FRAY FRANCISCO VERÁSCOLA Y SÁEZ DE CASTAÑIZA

Born on February 13, 1564, at Gordejuela, near Vitoria, in the Viscaya region. Entered the Franciscan Province of Cantabria circa 1582. Ordained to the priesthood circa 1590. Assigned to the Florida mission in 1595. Put in charge of a new mission being opened on Asao (St. Simons) Island. Treacherously captured by the natives of his mission and slain on an indefinite date in late September, 1597.

But see above, 52, n.4

CREDIT: REPORTATIO SUPER MARTYRIO SERVORUM DEi PETRI DE CORPA ET SOCIORUM EJUS ANNO DOMINI 1597 IN FLORIDA OCCISORUM (Editio Tertia "Positionis", 7 Maii 2002)
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REPORTATIO SUPER MARTYRIO SERVORUM DEi PETRI DE CORPA ET SOCIORUM EJUS ANNO DOMINI 1597 IN FLORIDA OCCISORUM (Editio Tertia "Positionis", 7 Maii 2002)
The First Georgia Missions: Our Southern Catholic Heritage, Dr. Paul Thigpen and Katherine Ragan. Illustrations by Pamela Gardner, based on the retablo by Dan Nichols. This retablo is part of the parish patrimony of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, Georgia

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