The Jesuits

The Jesuit order has always impressed me. In Catholic school we were taught about the Catholic Missionaries coming to Canada. I was loved to hear the stories from my sisters about of the missionary explorers like Issac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf, Antony Daniel, Jeanne Mance, and Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Kateri Tekakwitha, and the Canadien martyrs. All these had connections to the Jesuit order and were inspired to bear and hardship even death to bring the faith to the "savauges"*.

My own ancestor Etienne de Nevers, Sieur de Brantigny traveled to New France in 1645 from Champagne and his first recorded signature was January 15, 1650. On this occasion he was godfather to an Amerindian child named: Etienne, son of Kaouboukouchich (the father) and Kouekassouekoue (the mother). The baptism was performed by the Jesuit priest Fr. Pierre Bailloquet. Etienne worked along with the Jesuits in and about Sillery.

A good article my be found here...

The Society of Jesus

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

The Society of Jesus is a religious order founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola. Designated by him "The Company of Jesus" to indicate its true leader and its soldier spirit, the title was Latinized into "Societas Jesu" in the Bull of Paul III approving its formation and the first formula of its Institute ("Regimini militantis ecclesia", 27 Sept., 1540). The term "Jesuit" (of fifteenth-century origin, meaning one who used too frequently or appropriated the name of Jesus), was first applied to the society in reproach (1544-52), and was never employed by its founder, though members and friends of the society in time accepted the name in its good sense. The Society ranks among religious institutes as a mendicant order of clerks regular, that is, a body of priests organized for apostolic work, following a religious rule, and relying on alms for their support [Bulls of Pius V, "Dum indefessae", 7 July, 1571; Gregory XIII, "Ascendente Domino", 25 May, 1585]. More…

St Issac Jogues and companions

St Jean de Brebeuf and companions

Father, you consecrated the first beginnings
of the faith in North America by preaching and martyrdom
of Saints John & Isaac and their companions.
By the help of their prayers may the Christian faith continue to grow
throughout the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fr Jean de BreBeuf wrote the Huron Carol found in a previous blog article here and the words here in Huron translated into English.

Note: when I use the word "Sauvage" it is in the context of the period. Europeans did not believe the native peoples were less human, they believed that they had not reached the level of civilization as reached by Europeans. For the Indian's part some of the things that the missionaries did seems just as strange. For example they could not understand why the French would blow their nose into a hankerchief and put in their pocket. Ah, the benefits of civilization...

The Jesuit relations may be found here in French and here in English. They can be somewhat exciting and they read like an historical novel,(hint).

De Brantigny

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