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Jogues, Isaaclocked

(10 January 1607–18 October 1646)
  • Sean O’Neill

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Jogues, Isaac (10 January 1607–18 October 1646), Jesuit missionary and martyr, was born in Orléans, France, the son of Laurent Jogues, a merchant, and Françoise de Saint-Mesmin. Isaac pursued a thoroughly Jesuit education. He entered the Jesuit college at Orléans in 1617, began his novitiate at Rouen under Father Louis Lalemant, the novice-master, in 1624, and studied philosophy from 1626 at the Collège de La Flèche, where the charismatic missionary to Port Royal (in present-day Nova Scotia), Énemond Massé, had been stationed. Jogues began theological studies at Clermont in 1634, but he curtailed them, taking ordination in January 1636 and embarking later that year for the Canadian missions. Jogues was accompanied on his voyage across the Atlantic by a substantial flotilla, including several Jesuits and ...

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