Thursday, September 23, 2004

Martyrs Miscellany.

This final collection of links related to the Martyrs may have a slapdash quality to it, in part because I have a lot of loose ends to tie up before we head to Midland tomorrow. (And on that note, don't expect any blogging over the weekend - next post will probably be Monday.) In the collective, the North American Martyrs have given their name to lots of churches and chapels - notably at Jesuit schools, though for now I'll content myself to mention the Copley Crypt Chapel of the North American Martyrs, located in my old dorm at GU, and the chapel at U of D Jesuit High School, the Jesuit secondary school closest to the novitiate. A lot has been written about the Martyrs; the fullest account of their apostolic endeavors is found in the monumental Jesuit Relations. Another classic account is contained in Francis Parkman's The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century. On a totally different note, there is also a collection of stories by Tobias Wolff called In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, which I suspect has nothing to do with the Martyrs (I haven't read it, though the title is intriguing enough to make me want to pick it up). For what's it worth, here's a random selection of institutions named for Martyrs I haven't yet mentioned specifically: the College Saint-Charles-Garnier in Quebec; St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic School in Niagara Falls, Ontario; St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School in North York, Ontario; St. Rene Goupil Church in Chicago; and St. Noel Chabanel Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. A motley list, to be sure, but a list nonetheless. Hope to have good things to report on return from Midland - until then, all the best. AMDG.


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