Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
St. Paul Miki
Feast day: February 6
Paul Miki was born in 1564 into a rich family. He was educated by
Jesuits in Azuchi and Takatsuki. He joined the Society of Jesus and
preached the gospel for his fellow citizens.
The Japanese government feared the Jesuit's influences and persecuted
them. Miki was jailed, along with others. He and his Catholic peers were
forced to walk 600 miles from Kyoto while singing the Te Deum as a
punishment for the community. Finally they arrived at Nagasaki, the city
which had the most conversions to Christianity, and Miki was crucified
on February 5, 1597.
He preached his last sermon from the cross, and it is maintained that he
forgave his executioners, stating that he himself was Japanese.
Alongside him died Joan Soan (de Gotó) and Santiago Kisai, of the
Society of Jesus, in addition to twenty-three clergy and laity, all of
whom were Beatified on September 14, 1627 and Canonized by Pope Pius IX
on June 8, 1862.