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Isaac Jogues

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Saint Isaac Jogues (January 10, 1607October 18, 1646) was a Jesuit misionary who travelled and worked among the Native Americans in North America. He gave the original European name to Lake George, calling it Lac du Saint Sacrament, Lake of the Holy Sacrament. He is regarded as a martyr by the Catholic Church and in 1930 Jogues and seven other martyred missionaries were canonized. Their feast day is celebrated on October 19.

Born in Orléans, France, Jogues entered the Society of Jesus in 1624. In 1642, he was sent to New France to proselytize to the First Nations. He was captured by the Iroquois, then at war with the French, but Dutch merchants allowed him to escape back to France. Upon return to France, but requested another assignment to Canada. In 1646, while living among the Iroquois, he and his assistants were blamed for a crop failure and were killed.

He was canonized on 29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI along with seven other Canadian Martyrs.

Isaac Jogues is also the name of a moderately successful independant rock group from New York, USA. Between 1993 and 2000 the group released 3 full length compact discs and toured the Northeastern United States.


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