Anthroponyms seta VIEIRA, Sebastião (1574-1634)

Clergy of the Society of Jesus who worked mostly in Japan. He was born in Castro Daire in 1574 and died in Edo (Tokyo) on 8th December, 1634. On 3rd February, 1591, he was admitted to the Society of Jesus in Coimbra, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He left for India on 25th March, 1603, on board of the Nossa Senhora de Bigonha ship. In 1603 he was in Macau and the following year he went to Japan. In February 1606 he was at the Hiroshima residence, having left in that same year for Macau, where he was the procurator of the province. In 1609 he returned to Japan, having professed the four vows on 27th November, 1611. At the end of 1611 or beginning of 1612 he was dismissed from the office of procurator by Francisco Pasio. In February 1613 he was in charge of the house and the Christian community of Hiroshima. In November 1614 he left for exile in Manila but in August of the following year he returned to Japan. In October 1617 he was appointed counsellor to the new provincial, Mateus de Couros. In 1619 he returned to Macau and in December 1623 he was appointed procurator of the mission. In February 1624 he left Macau and lived in Europe between 1626 and 1629. In March of the latter year he left from Lisbon to India and in 1632 he re-entered Japan via the Philippines. In 1633 he was appointed vice provincial and remained so until he was captured in Edo (Tokyo) on 6th July, 1634. He died of pit torture.

Bibliography:
Monumenta Historica Japoniae, dir. de Josef Franz Schütte S. J., Roma, Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 1975. COSTA, João Paulo Oliveira e, O Cristianismo no Japão e o Episcopado de D. Luís de Cerqueira, dissertação de doutoramento em História apresentada à Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, 1998 (texto fotocopiado). COUTINHO, Valdemar, O fim da presença portuguesa no Japão, dissertação de mestrado em História dos Descobrimentos e da Expansão Portuguesa apresentada à Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, 1996 (texto fotocopiado).

Author: Helena Rodrigues
Translated by: Maria das Mercês Pacheco


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