Saint Isaac Jogues


As a newly-ordained Jesuit, Isaac Jogues was assigned to the native tribes of Canada in 1636. Though he saw many people turn to Christ, missionaries were not always welcome. In 1642, natives cut off Jogues' fingers and made him a slave. He was released a year later and returned to Europe a legend. But Jogues' interest there was only to obtain the pope's permission to celebrate the Mass despite his missing fingers. Jogues returned to Canada with permission, but was accused of being a sorcerer and murdered by tomahawk.

    Patron saint of:
  • Canada
  • the Americas