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Saint Among Savages - The Life Of St. Isaac Jogues

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Francis Talbot, S.J.

“I go, but I shall never come back again.” These were Isaac Jogues' words on the eve of embarking for a second missionary attempt in America. Shortly afterward, a skull-splitting Mohawk tomahawk made him a martyr.

Fresh from the elegant life of Renaissance France, Jesuit priest Isaac Jogues landed in the savage wilderness of America in 1636. He came fervent in his priestly zeal to devote his life to Christianizing and civilizing the Indian nations that stalked the trackless forests — savages he was prepared to love, sight unseen, for the love of God. He lived among the Hurons enduring hunger, thirst, disease, and humiliation at their hands.

A vast canvas unrolls in this suspenseful and swift-moving story of heroic sacrifice in the earliest days of New York and Canada. Against a background of bloody wars between great Indian nations and between the savages and the first European settlers in America passes the magnificent figure of the Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, intrepid pioneer, adventurer, victim of horrific cruelties, and saint. This is s story of violent action and great sacrifice that testifies to the faith and heroism of Isaac Jogues and his fellow martyrs.

Francis X. Talbot, S.J. was the literary editor of the Jesuit magazine America. His biographical works on the French martyrs Isaac Jogues and Jean De Brebeuf are recognized as definitive.


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0-89870-913-X
9780898709131
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9"  (22.8 cm) x 6"  (15.2 cm) x 1 1/4"  (3.17 cm)
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St. Isaac Jogues

St. Isaac Jogues Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/19
Tridentine Calendar - 09/26
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/19
Tridentine Calendar - 09/26


Patron Of: Canada, Americas

St. Isaac Jogues joined the Jesuits at Rouen, France, in 1624. He studied philosophy, as a Priest became a missionary to New France (Canada) in 1636, starting in Quebec and working among the Hurons. This was a rough assignment - not only were the living conditions hard, but the locals blamed the "Blackrobes" for any disease, ill luck, or other problems that occurred where they were. Captured in 1642 by the Mohawks, enslaved, tortured and mutilated for thirteen months, he taught the Faith to any who would listen, and finally escaped. He recuperated in France, but returned to the New World in 1644 to continue his work with the natives. Martyred with fellow Jesuit priest Saint John de Brebeuf and several lay missionaries while on a peace mission to the Iroquois. One of the North American Martyrs.

Born
1607 at Orleans, France

Died
St. Isaac was tomahawked and scalped by an Iriquois chief on 18 October 1646 at Ossernenon in what would become upstate New York, USA

Beatified
1925

Canonized
29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI



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