“Over an eight-year period (1642-1649), eight Jesuits were martyred for their faith while spreading the Gospel to the North American Indians.
“One of these Jesuits was Fr. Charles Garnier. While serving in Canada for 13 years, Fr. Garnier performed his sacred ministry despite near-constant hunger, insults, and the ever-present threat of death. Even during the intense Canadian winters, Fr. Garnier would walk 30 miles daily to spread the Gospel.
“His living space was hardly more than a filthy tent that did little to keep out the cold. But Fr. Garnier never counted the cost and continued to minister to the locals with love and compassion while holding firm to his faith.
“On Dec. 7th, 1649, he suffered martyrdom when he was struck by a tomahawk during an Iroquois attack.
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