Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649)
Martyred: Huron village of St. Ignace, near Midland, Ontario, Canada
Jean de Brébeuf was ordained at thirty-three. He was the first Jesuit Missionary in Huronia (1626), a master of the Huron language.
He worked throughout all the district, founded Mission outposts converted thousands to the faith. He inspired many Jesuits to volunteer for the Missions of New France.
Massive in body, strong yet gentle in character, his visions of the cross and of his future martyrdom were fulfilled when captured March 16, 1649, he was tortured for hours. He was martyred at St. Ignace, six miles from Ste. Marie at the age of fifty-six.
Brebeuf is said to have the heart of a giant. He was known as the apostle of the Hurons. The Huron called him Echon.