Jacinto Castaneda


Castaneda, Jacinto (Vietnamese:  Jacinto Castaneda Gia), Dominican priest; b. 1743 at Sétavo (Valencia), Spain; d. 7 Nov.1773 at Ðồng Mơ, Tonkin.

After his profession as a Dominican, he was sent to the Philippines. An extant account tells of the difficulties of their sailing across the Atlantic, their march across Mexico, and a difficult final voyage across the Pacific. When they finally arrived, Manila was in the hands of the English. After months of searching for his Dominican brothers, he located the community and was ordained. Thereafter he travelled by ship another 66 days to China, from where he was deported to Tonkin. His ministry lasted for only a very short time before he was arrested and imprisoned for 3 years. He was beheaded with St. Vincent de La Paz.

Beatified 1906.