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Isaac Jogues

1607-1646. Jesuit missionary and martyr. Born in Orléans, France, and educated at the local Jesuit college, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1624 and in 1636 was ordained and began missionary work among the Huron Indians in Canada. He made numerous journeys into the interior of North America. Returning once from Quebec, the canoes were attacked by the Iroquois and Jogues was taken prisoner. He was flogged, bitten, stripped, mutilated, and insulted by the Indians. He was rescued by the Dutch and sent to France, only to return to Quebec in 1644. He immediately sought permission to go as a missionary to the Iroquois, but his request was denied because of unsettled conditions. In 1646, while acting as part of a peace mission, he was again taken prisoner by the Iroquois and died of a hatchet blow. Jogues's martyrdom emphasized his great piety already apparent in his writings, and his self-sacrifice provided inspiration and impetus to Canadian missions.