Shen Jihe, St.
SHEN JIHE, ST.
Lay martyr, servant, member of the Third Order of St. Francis; b. 1851, Ankeo, Hughan Xian, Shanxi Province, China; d. July 9, 1900, Taiyüan, Shanxi Province. Thomas Shen Jihe (sometimes written as Sen or Sen-Ki-Kuo), the son of Peter Shen Buniu and Maria Guo, was raised as a Catholic. He was footman to Paul Zhang and went with him to Dongergou (1875), where he served Fr. Peter Jiang. For the final decade of his life, Thomas was a servant in the household of Bp. Gregorio grassi. Thomas was among the innumerable Christians martyred during the Boxer Rebellion and among the several dozen trapped inside the Taiyüan cathedral, arrested, and beheaded several days thereafter. He was beatified by Pope Pius XII (Nov. 24, 1946) and canonized (Oct. 1, 2000) by Pope John Paul II with Augustine Zhao Rong and companions.
Feast: July 4.
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