The Brave Black Robes: First North American Martyrs

On Monday the Church celebrates the feast day of Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brefeuf and Companions. These stouthearted 17th century Jesuits gave their lives to bring the light of Christ to the Huron Indians of the Canadian wilderness.

Brefeuf composed a catechism and a dictionary in the Huron language and he is said to have converted 7000 Hurons. Isaac Jogues lost several fingers that were cut, burnt or bitten off and yet he later returned to North America where he was tomahawked and beheaded by the Mohawk Indians. offers more details, as does this video provided by the Apostleship of Prayer.

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