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René Goupil, SJ

Birthplace: Saint-Martin-du-Bois, Anjou, France
Death: Died in Iroquois Country, Québec, Canada
Cause of death: martyred
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About René Goupil, SJ


Rene Goupil was a surgeon, brother, Jesuit, missionary and martyr. He was a surgeon in Orleans before entering the novitiate of Jesuits in 1639. He had to leave the novitiate due to deafness. Goupil volunteered to serve as a lay missionary to assist the Jesuit Fathers and in 1640 he arrived in New France. In 1642 Goupil travelled to the Huron missions with Father Isaac Jogues, along with about 40 others. They were captured by the Iroquois and tortured. Goupil was killed on 29 September 1642 by several blows to the head by a tomahawk wielded by an enraged Iroquois who had witnessed Goupil give the sign of the cross over the head of a child. He was canonized on 29 June 1930 in Rome by Pope Pius XI. He is patron saint of anesthetists.

Les martyrs canadiens

Les martyrs canadiens étaient huit missionnaires jésuites à Sainte-Marie-au-pays-des-Hurons, qui furent tués au XVIIe siècle au Canada. Ils furent tués lors des guerres entre les Hurons et les Iroquois. Ces saints catholiques sont liturgiquement commémorés le 19 octobre par l'Église catholique, ou le 26 septembre au Canada. Les huit martyrs canadiens sont : Jean de Brébeuf, Noël Chabanel, Antoine Daniel, Charles Garnier, René Goupil, Jean de Lalande, Gabriel Lalemant et Isaac Jogues. Les martyrs canadiens furent canonisés par le pape Pie XI en 1930.

Ils sont collectivement des saints patrons secondaires du Canada. La paroisse francophone de Saskatoon en Saskatchewan est également placée sous la protection des saints martyrs canadiens, tout comme celle de Pont-Landry (Nouveau-Brunswick).

The Canadian Martyrs, also known as the North American Martyrs or the Martyrs of New France, were eight Jesuit missionaries from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, who were tortured and martyred on various dates in the mid-17th century in Quebec, New France, in what are now southern Ontario and upstate New York, during the warfare between the Iroquois and the Huron. They are Jean de Brébeuf, Noël Chabanel, Antoine Daniel, Charles Garnier, René Goupil, Isaac Jogues, Jean de Lalande and Gabriel Lalemant. They were all canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church in 1930.

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Saint René Goupil's Timeline

May 15, 1608
Saint-Martin-du-Bois, Anjou, France
September 29, 1642
Age 34
Iroquois Country, Québec, Canada
Age 34