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Death: 1838


Father James Nam served in his native Vietnam as an affiliate of the Paris-based Society for Foreign Missions. During the ongoing persecution of Catholics under the emperor Minh Mang, Father Nam was sheltered in the home of a Vietnamese Catholic farmer, Anthony Dich Nguyen. Pagan officials arrested Father Nam and Anthony, together with the Catholic village chief, Michael My Huy Nguyen, identified as Anthony’s son-in-law (according to one source—other sources differ). To an official who urged him to deny his faith, Father Nam replied, “I have advised the faithful to stay firm with their belief. How can I reject it now?” The judges urged the village chief Michael to renounce his faith out of consideration for the welfare of his young family. Michael answered: “I love my family, of course, but I believe that if I die now, I will be able to meet them again in heaven.” Afterwards, Michael’s wife and daughter visited him in prison to encourage him in his profession of faith. Father Nam, Anthony, and Michael were executed by beheading.


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