Jacobo Kyushei Tomonaga

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Saint Jacobo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga de Santa María
Born c.1582
Kuidetsu, Ōmura Domain, Hizen Province (modern Ōmura, Nagasaki), Japan
Died (1633-08-17)17 August 1633
Nagasaki, Hizen Province, Japan
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 18 February 1981, Manila, Philippines by Pope John Paul II
Canonized 18 October 1987, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine Binondo Church in Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Feast 17 August

Saint Fr. Jacobo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga de Santa María (Japanese: ヤコボ・デ・サンタ・マリア朝長五郎兵衛, Yakobo de Santa Maria Tomonaga Gorōbyōe; c. 1582 – August 17, 1633) was a Japanese Dominican.


Jacobo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga was born of a noble Christian family in Kuidetsu (part of modern Ōmura, Nagasaki), Japan. In his youth, he studied with the Jesuits and became a catechist. After 1614, he came to Manila and became a Franciscan tertiary. He then sought admission to the Dominican Order and was granted. He was ordained a priest in 1626 and sent to the island of Formosa (Taiwan). He returned to Manila in 1630.[1]

He returned to Japan in 1632.[2]

After one year of difficult apostolate in the midst of dangers, privations and sufferings, his hiding place was discovered by the authorities through the revelations of his own catechist, Matthew Kohioye. Arrested in July 1633, he was tortured by the gallows and the pit on August 15, 1633, and died two days later. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea.



  • Lorenzo de Manila, The Proto-Martyr of The Philippines and his Companions - Fr. Fidel Villaroel, O.P., 1988