Jean de Brébeuf

Jean de Brébeuf (French: [ʒɑ̃ də bʁe.bœf]) (25 March 1593  16 March 1649) was a French Jesuit missionary who travelled to New France (Canada) in 1625. There he worked primarily with the Huron (Wyandot people) for the rest of his life, except for a few years in France from 1629 to 1633. He learned their language and culture, writing extensively about each to aid other missionaries.[1]


Jean de Brébeuf, SJ
Martyr; Apostle of the Hurons
Born(1593-03-25)25 March 1593
Condé-sur-Vire, Normandy, France
Died16 March 1649(1649-03-16) (aged 55)
Huron village of St. Ignace, near Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, near Midland, Ontario, Canada
Venerated inCatholic Church, Anglican Communion
Beatified1925
Canonized29 June 1930, Canada by Pope Pius XI
Major shrineMartyrs' Shrine, Midland, Ontario, Canada
Feast26 September (Canada, also United States in General Roman Calendar 1962), 19 October (United States and elsewhere)
AttributesPyx
PatronageCanada

In 1649, Brébeuf and another missionary were captured when an Iroquois raid took over a Huron village (referred to in French as St. Louis). Together with Huron captives, the missionaries were ritually tortured and killed on 16 March 1649. Brébeuf was beatified in 1925 and among eight Jesuit missionaries canonized as saints in the Catholic Church in 1930.[2]