Saint Isaaic Jogues
Feast Day is October 19
NORTH AMERICAN MARTYR
St. Isaac Jogues was born at Orleans, France on January 10, 1607 and was ordained to the priesthood, July 2, 1636, as a member of the Society of Jesus.
In 1636 he was sent to Quebec, Canada, as a missionary to the Huron Indians. He was tortured and imprisoned by the Iroquois in 1642. The Dutch at Fort Orange (Albany, New York) rescued him, and he returned to France in 1643. The following Spring Isaac Jogues was entrusted with a peace mission to his torturers, and so he left France for Quebec. On September 24, 1646, en route to Ossernenon (Auriesville, New York) Isaac was captured by a Mohawk war party. On October 18, 1646 his captors tomahawked him.
On June 29, 1930, St. Isaac Jogues and his companion martyrs were enrolled among the saints by Pope Pius XI. St. Isaac and his companions, "The North American Martyrs," are honored on October 19th, their feast.