Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse

Bishop Saint

Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse

Vicar Apostolic of Se-Ciuen (Setchoan)
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See Se-Ciuen (Setchoan)
Appointed 24 July 1798
Installed 15 November 1801
Term ended 14 September 1815
Predecessor Jean-Didier de Saint Martin
Successor Giacomo Luigi Fontana
Ordination 17 September 1774
Consecration 25 July 1800
by Jean-Didier de Saint Martin
Personal details
Birth name Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse
Born (1750-12-08)December 8, 1750
Lezoux, France
Died September 14, 1815(1815-09-14) (aged 64)
Denomination Catholic
Feast day 14 September
Venerated in Catholic Church
Title as Saint Bishop, Martyr
Beatified 27 May 1900
by Pope Leo XIII
Canonized 1 October 2000
by Pope John Paul II

Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse (8 December 1750 – 14 September 1815) was a member of Society of Foreign Missions of Paris and a martyr saint of the Catholic Church. He was born at Ville-de-Lezoux, diocese of Clermont, France. He joined the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris seminary in 1774. He was ordained a priest on 17 September 1774. He was sent as a missionary to Szechuan, China in 1775. There he was imprisoned for six months in 1784 during a government persecution of Christians. He was reassigned to Macao, but return to the Chinese missions in 1788.

He was appointed as the Titular bishop of Thabraca and Co-adjutor Vicar Apostolic of Se-Ciuen (Setchoan), China on 24 July 1798; He became the Vicar Apostolic on 15 November 1801.[1] He spent the next 15 years in constant danger during the persecution of Christians. He was betrayed to the authorities by a native Christian and was arrested on 18 May 1815. He was beheaded on 14 September 1815[2] at Chengdu, Sichuan, China.[3] His head was attached to a pole and his body left exposed for three days as a warning to others. This body was later buried by local Christians.[4]

Pope Leo XIII declared him as venerable on 2 July 1899 and beatified him on 27 May 1900. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 1 October 2000.[1]

Ordination history of
Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse
Priestly ordination
Date 17 September 1774
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Jean-Didier de Saint Martin
Date 25 July 1800
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse as principal consecrator
Pierre Trenchant 1802
Jean-Louis Florens 1810


  1. ^ a b "Saint Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, M.E.P." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. ^ Henri Cordier (1913). "Martyrs in China" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  3. ^ "Canonized Martyrs of China". The Hagiography Circle. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Saint Jean-Gabriel-Taurin Dufresse". saints.sqpn.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pierre Brigot, M.E.P.
Bishop of Thabraca
24 July 1798 — 14 September 1815
Succeeded by
Edward Kernan
Preceded by
Jean-Didier de Saint Martin
Vicar Apostolic of Se-Ciuen (Setchoan), China
15 November 1801 — 14 September 1815
Succeeded by
Giacomo Luigi Fontana