Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr

Apr 28, 2017

Saint Peter Chanel was born in the town of Cuet in France in 1803. After ordination to the priesthood, he was engaged in pastoral work for a few years. He joined the Marists and journeyed to Oceania to preach the Gospel. Despite many hardships he converted some of the natives to the faith. Out of hatred for the faith, a band of native warriors killed him in 1841 on the island of Futuna.

Saint Peter Chanel was born at time when the Catholic Church in France was reeling from the effects of the anti Catholic French Revolution in which so many priests and religious had suffered martyrdom themselves. It is amazing that the Church in France was able to produce men of the caliber of Saint Peter Chanel.... to be continued