Gagelin Francois Isidore

Gagelin Francois Isidore,

a French missionary and martyr, was born at Mont-Pereux (Doubs), May 5, 1799 and educated at Besancon, and at the seminary of Foreign Missions at Paris. Having been appointed subdeacon, he embarked at Bordeaux is December 1820, for Cochin China, and in 1822 was consecrated priest by bishop Labsarthe. The Christian religion had been tolerated is Cochin China since April 22, 1774, but the example of Tonquin, where it was strictly prohibited, was not without influence. In 1820 Mihn-Mehn ascended the throne, and soon gave evidences of his dislike towards the new religion, yet did not begin persecuting the Christians until 1826. At that time the bonzes and mandarins addressed a petition to the emperor, asking for the expulsion of the missionaries. The Jesuits, becoming alarmed, fled; but Gagelin, less fortunate than his colleagues, was arrested and brought back to Hue-Fo. He was, however permitted to continue his missionary efforts, and in 1828 was allowed to settle in the province of Dong Nai; but a strife between the different sects led to a general edict against the Christians, January 6, 1833. Gagelin was again taken to Hue, and hung, October 11, 1833. — Francois Perennes, Vie de l abbe Gagelin (Besancon, 1836, 12mo); Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 19:154 sq. (J.N.P.)

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