June 1, 1617: Friars Alfonso Navarrete, Hernando de San José, and Faithful Layman Leo Tanaka

It was the first of June, Octave of Corpus Christi, in the Year of Our Lord 1617. On the virgin soil of an offshore islet in Ōmura Bay, three brothers in faith were on their knees awaiting the executioner’s blade. Two were foreign priests, the other a Japanese Catholic layman. The layman, surnamed Tanaka, had … Continue reading June 1, 1617: Friars Alfonso Navarrete, Hernando de San José, and Faithful Layman Leo Tanaka