|Saint Antonio Gonzalez|
|Died||September 24, 1637
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||February 18, 1981 by Pope John Paul II|
|Canonized||October 18, 1987 by Pope John Paul II|
Born in Leon, Spain, he entered the Dominican Order at the age of 16. His favorite saint was St. Peter of Verona, the Dominican proto martyr, thus his religious enthusiasm gave rise to his living desire for martyrdom. When an invitation was sent to their convent asking for volunteer missionaries for the Far East, Fr. Gonzales was among those who eagerly volunteered. His target destination was Japan, but he had to prepare for this mission in the Philippines. He arrived in Manila in May 1632. He became professor and acting rector of the University of Santo Tomas. In 1636, he was finally able to fulfill his dream of going to Japan. After a year, he was arrested, proudly wearing his habit to signify that he went to Japan for the sake of the Gospel. After tremendous torture, he was found dead in his cell at dawn on September 24, 1637.
St. Antonio Gonzalez is among the nine Thomasian Martyrs.
- Lorenzo de Manila, The Proto-Martyr of The Philippines and his Companions - Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P., 1988
- Alvares, Constantino; Jose Garcia, Pedro Tejero (1989). Witnesses of the faith in the Orient: Dominican Martyrs of Japan, China, and Vietnam. Manila: Life Today Publications. ISBN 971-8596-03-8. OCLC 32442371.