Join alumni and friends of Jesuit institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Omaha, or the Twin Cities for a celebration of the liturgy followed by a reception as we honor the memory of the North American Martyrs. The reception will highlight opportunities for continuing spiritual growth and service to the local and global community.
The Jesuit feast day celebrates the North American Martyrs: French Jesuit priests St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) and St. John de Brebeuf (1593-1649) and their companions St. John de Lalande, St. René Goupil, St. Anthony Daniel, St. Charles Garnier, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Noel Chabanel.
These Jesuits were among the first missionaries to the North American Indians and were the first martyrs of North America. They served missions in remote areas of eastern Canada and New York state between 1625-1649, evangelizing the Huron Nation.
Despite the anticipated hardships, the Jesuits sought out and even begged for missionary duties in North America. Pope Pius XI canonized the whole group of missionaries, known as the eight North American Martyrs, in 1930.
October 21, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Edward J. Mattimoe, SJ, who died on October 20, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 16, 2019 - Having converted to Catholicism when I was 17, I had toyed with the idea of the priesthood and religious life for some years, but my discernment had grown much more serious of late. And while my attraction to the priesthood was sincere, so was my aversion to being a parish priest. I enjoyed academics, and I wanted to teach.
October 15, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John V. White, SJ, who died on October 12, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, who died on October 10, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. May he rest in peace.