Andrew Trần An Dũng Lạc, priest
Born: c. 1795 in Bắc Ninh, (Tonkin) Việt Nam;
Died: beheaded on 21 December 1839 in Ô Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội, (Tonkin) Việt Nam.
Venerated: 2 July 1899 by Pope Leo XIII (decree of martyrdom)
Beatified: 27 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII
Canonized: 19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
- 21 December
- 24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
When Andrew Trần An Dũng Lạc was 12, his family moved to Hà Nội to find work. Although his parents were pagan, they allowed their son to receive instruction from a lay catechist so that he might benefit from the education generally denied the poor. He was baptized Andrew at Vinh-Tri. He studied Chinese and Latin, served as a catechist for ten years, and then was ordained to the priesthood in 1823.
He was a tireless preacher—both by word and example—in several parishes until his arrest in 1835 as a Christian. His parishioners gathered the money needed to purchase his release. Thereafter, he changed his name from Dung to Lac in order to disguise his identity and went to another area to continue his ministry.
Priest in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin. Worked in the missions with the priests of the Foreign Mission Society of Paris (MEP). Imprisoned and repeatedly tortured in the persecutions of Minh-Meng.
On 10 November 1839, he was again arrested with another Vietnamese priest, Peter Thi. Both were freed once ransom was paid on their behalf, but they were soon arrested again and taken to Hà Nội, where priests of the MEP were singled out for especially harsh treatment and tortures. Beheaded. Beatified 1900. Feast formerly on 21 Dec.