|Saint René Goupil|
North American Martyrs
|Born||May 16, 1608
|Died||September 29, 1642
near Auriesville, New York
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||June 21, 1925, Rome, Italy by Pope Pius XI|
|Canonized||June 29, 1930, Rome, Italy by Pope Pius XI|
|Major shrine||National Shrine of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville, New York|
|Feast||19 October (USA), 26 September (Canada)|
He was baptized in St-Martin-du-Bois near Angers, France, on May 15. He was a surgeon before entering the novitiate of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Paris on March 16, 1639. He had to leave the novitiate because of illness.
In 1642, he travelled to the Huron missions with about forty other persons, including several Huron chiefs and Jesuit Father Isaac Jogues. They were captured by the Iroquois, taken to Iroquois territory at Ossernenon (Auriesville, New York), and tortured. After teaching the native children the sign of the cross, Goupil was killed September 29, 1642, by a spear throw to the head. Before being killed, he had taken his religious vows as a Jesuit Missionnary brother before Fr. Isaac Jogues. He is venerated as the first Jesuit martyr in Canada and one of three United States martyrs.
At Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx, New York, a freshman dormitory—Martyrs' Court—has three sections, which are named for the three U.S. martyr-saints: René Goupil, Isaac Jogues, and John LaLande.
See also 
- Jesuit missions in North Canada
- Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
- List of U.S. saints
- Roman Catholicism in the United States #American Catholic Servants of God, Venerables, Beatified, and Saints
- Christian martyrs
- René Goupil. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. University of Toronto/Université Laval
- "René Goupil". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
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