Friday, December 26, 2014

Obscure Saint of the Day: St. Noel Chabanel

You've got your post-Christmas parties all lined up. You've signed up for the pot luck, picked out your end of year outfits, and you're ready to go.

Before you hit the scene, however, it might be a good time to brush up on another obscure saint the Church gives us to reach out to for intercession here in late December. 

Today's obscure saint of the day is St. Noel Chabanel!


Father Chabanel was one of the North American martyrs for the faith at the hands of the Iroquois in the mid-1600s. He was called to the mission after the brutal slaughter of Catholics at the village of Saint-Jean. 

Despite initially not wanting to be a part of the evangelization of the Natives, Father Chabanel made a solemn promise to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament that he would stay as a missionary to the Natives "until his death." 

Unfortunately, the end would come sooner than he anticipated. 

Father Chabanel stayed behind after urging his followers to flee an approaching Iroquois army, and was killed for his Catholic faith. 

While he couldn't have known it at the time of his martyrdom, his witness and that of the other North American missionaries would eventually lead to the conversion of the very individuals who struck them down. 

Father Chabanel, pray for us!


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