Patron Saint of: Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, & St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic Elementary School
The Canadian Martyrs, which includes St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, & St. Isaac Jogues) were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church.
As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and in 1636 he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec. The Hurons were constantly warred upon by the Iroquois, and in a few years Father Jogues was captured by the Iroquois and imprisoned for 13 months. His letters and journals tell how he and his companions were led from village to village, how they were beaten, tortured, and forced to watch as their Huron converts were mangled and killed.Saint of the Day