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John Gabriel Perboyre


Realistic accounts of John Gabriel Perboyre’s life and martyrdom are lacking, so this article supplies one. It compares information from different sources, including Perboyre’s own letters to his family; some are quoted and the rest are summarized. These offer insight into his personal qualities and relationships. The article covers his youth, his career in the Congregation, the development of his vocation for the China mission, his travels and efforts in China, and his ideas for the direction of the mission there. It also gives details of his betrayal, suffering, and death, correcting widespread misapprehensions in the process.