His father was a Portugese immigrant, his mother an Indian convert. Lay catechist, working for the Jesuits. Successful businessman in Japan and Macao. Became a Franciscan lay brother in Manila in the Philippines in 1591. Returned to Japan with Saint Peter Baptist to act as interpreter. He stuttered when speaking Portuguese, but was flawless in Japanese when facing his judges. One of the Martyrs of Nagasaki.