Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam – Saint of the Day – May 11 or November 24

St. Matthêô Lê Van Gam Biography

St. Matthêô Lê Van Gam Profile. Born: 1813 AD in Vietnam, Asia. Worked in Vietnam. Died: 11 May 1847 in Vietnam. Feast Day is celebrated on May 11 or November 24.

 

The Memorial of St. Matthêô Lê Van Gam – Saint of the Day

St. Matthêô Lê Van Gam Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1813 AD
Country of Birth Vietnam in Asia
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Married
Profession missionary
Place of Work Vietnam
Date of Death 11 May 1847
Place of Death Vietnam
Feast Day May 11 or November 24
Beatification Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 27 May 1900
Canonization Canonized by Pope John Paul II on 19 June 1988
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Saint’s Biography

Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam was born in 1813 in Gò Công, Biên Hòa in Vietnam. His parents were very devoted and determined to keep their faith. At fifteen, Matthêô attended the seminary of Lai Thieu, but being the first-born, family obligations caused him to return home. He married a good girl from his own village, from whom he had four children, two of whom were murdered for being Christians.

Matthêô betrayed his wife, but immediately afterward he sincerely repented. His wife forgave him, and he decided that the best thing would be become closer to the Church, to serve in his diocese, and to help the missionaries. During the persecutions of emperor Thiêu Tri in 1846, He was a skilled sailor and would smuggle a group of threatened seminarians out of the county to Malaysia. 

The authorities suspected that he had taken goods prohibited by the government; Therefore, Matthêô was pursued. He was arrested and tortured. When he refused to renounce his faith, he was imprisoned for 10 months, regularly tortured, and killed for the crime of helping the missionaries.

Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam
St. Matthêô Lê Van Gam