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Denis Jamay

Franciscan missionary (d. 1625)

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Jamay, Denis, Franciscan missionary, date and place of birth unknown; d. in France, 1625; an important figure in the early history of the Church in Canada. In 1615 he was chosen by his superiors in France as provincial commissary and chief of the first band of Recollect friars, who were also the first missionaries of Canada. Leaving France on April 24, 1615, he arrived at Tadoussac on May 24, and went immediately with Champlain to meet the savages at Sault St. Louis. On June 24, 1615, at Riviere des Prairies, he celebrated the first Mass said in the country by its first missionaries. In 1616 Father Jamay returned to France with Champlain to urge before the king and the “Associates” of Rouen the material and spiritual interests of the colony. In 1620, again elected commissary provincial, he returned to Canada with Champlain and his wife. On reaching Quebec he exhorted the colonists to obey the viceroy and his lieutenant; Champlain. Having completed the first regular convent of the Recollects at Quebec, he blessed it and dedicated it to Our Lady of the Angels. He returned to France in 1621.

ODORIC-M. JOUVE


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