St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lallmant, Noel Chabanel, John de Lalande and Rene Goupil, French Jesuits, preached the Gospel to Huron and Iroquois Indians in the United States and Canada. In the years 1642, 1648, and 1649, they were martyred by the Iroquois Indians. They were beatified June 21, 1925 by Pope Pius XI and in 1930 the same Pope canonized them. St. Isaac Jogues labored in preaching the Gospel to the Mohawks in Canada. He became the first European to penetrate the eastern entrance of Lake Superior. He was taken captive by the Iroquois in 1642 and imprisoned for thirteen months. He was cruelly tortured and lost the use of his hands. He returned to Canada after being rescued by the Dutch two years later. He visited Auriesville, New York in 1646 to negotiate peace with the Iroquois. It is said that he is the first Catholic priest to set foot on Manhattan Island. The Bear Clan, which he visited on his third visit to the Iroquois, believed him to be a sorcerer and blamed him for an outbreak of sickness and the failure of their crops. He was seized, tortured and beheaded.
FEAST DAY: October 19