St. Matthias of Meako
Feast day: February 6
Matthias of Miyako, OFM Tert., a Japanese native, became a Franciscan tertiary.
Martyr of Japan. A native Japanese from Meako, Matthias became a Franciscan tertiary. Matthias was not listed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi as one of the twenty-six Christians to be slain as examples; however, he took the place of one of the designated martyrs and was crucified with St. Peter Baptist and companions in Nagasaki. Matthias was canonized in 1862.