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Noel Chabanel

Jesuit missionary among the Huron Indians (1613-1649)

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Chabanel, NOEL, Jesuit missionary among the Huron Indians, b. in Southern France, February 2, 1613; slain by a renegade Huron, December 8, 1649. Chabanel entered the Jesuit novitiate at Toulouse at the age of seventeen, and was professor of rhetoric in several colleges of the Society in the province of Toulouse. He was highly esteemed for virtue and learning. In 1643, he was sent to Canada and, after studying the Algonquin language for a time, was appointed to the mission of the Hurons, among whom he be remained till his death. In these apostolic labors he was the companion of the intrepid missionary, Father Charles Gamier. As he felt a strong repugnance to the life and habits of the Indians, and feared it might result in his own withdrawal from the work, he nobly bound himself by vow never to leave the mission, and he kept his vow to the end. In the “Relation” of 1649-50, Father Ragueneau describes the martyr deaths of Chabanel and Gamier, with biographical sketches of these two fathers.


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