The Canadian Martyrs
The Canadian Martyrs were eight Jesuit Missionaries from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. They were martyred in the mid 17th Century in Canada. The Martyrs are St. Jean de Brebeuf, St.Noel Chabanel, St. Antoine Daniel, St. Charles Garnier, St. Rene Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Jean de Lalande, and St. Gabriel Lalemant.
The Canadian Martyrs are for us role models who lived the Gospel ideal to the fullest, leaving a heritage of values that are especially meaningful in our own lives. The missionaries of Huronia are martyrs for two reasons: because of their faith, and above all because they witnessed to the love they had for the Native Peoples for whose sake they gave up their lives, following in the footsteps of Jesus. In proclaiming Christ and the Gospel, they were fully aware they risked death.
The Canadian Martyrs had an intense devotion to Christ. For them, Christ was a living presence who was always with them – in their travels, ministry, suffering and martyrdom. (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)