Saint John Alcober
- Also known as
John Alcober Figuero
28 September as one of the Martyrs of China
- Dominican priest and missionary to China.
Due to transport trouble, he was marooned in Lorca for a while, where he became a popular preacher.
Sailed to Manila in 1726, and reached China in 1728.
Worked sixteen years in the Fo-kien province.
Posing as a water seller so he could move around the city, he still had to work in secret; he once had to be smuggled into a house in a dying man's coffin in order to administer Last Rites.
To escape detection, he once climbed into a tree; realizing he would need to spend the night there, he began saying his evening prayers; he was joined in prayer by his friend Blessed Francis Serrano who was hiding in the same tree.
In 1746, one of his flock received a vision of Our Lady of the Rosary.
She appeared so beatific in death that a crowd gathered to see her body; the press of visitors prevented John from making his usual quick escape, and he was arrested.
He, Francis Serrano and Father Francis Diaz were tortured for the location of Bishop Blessed Peter Sanz and Father Joachim Royo, who were known to be in the province; these two surrendered to end the torture of their brothers.
Martyred with Saint Peter Sanz, Blessed Francis Serrano, and other Dominicans.
- 1694 at Gerona, Spain
- strangled to death on 28 October 1748 in Fu-tsheu prison, Fo-kien province, China;
even the executioners noted that the faces of the victims looked peaceful and radiant
- Name Meaning
- God is gracious; gift of God (John)
- 14 May 1893 by Pope Leo XIII
- 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Dictionary of Saints, by John Delaney
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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