This National Shrine of the Canadian Martyrs honors the eight Jesuit saints who lived, worked, and died in Ontario and New York over 350 years ago. They came from France intent on spreading the Catholic faith, ready to give their lives for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. They built the first Church in Ontario and converted many of the Hurons – the native people.
Extended walk for men starts on Friday, Sept. 25th, 2015
For information: Please contact St. Michael’s Priory, or Fr. Herkel
P: 416-251-0499 or Church: 416-503-8854 [email protected]
Within the National Shrine are the relics of three out of the eight Martyrs: St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Charles Garnier.
Jean de Brebeuf was massive in body, strong, and yet gentle in character. His visions of the cross and of his future martyrdom were fulfilled after he was captured in March 1649. He was tortured for hours and finally martyred at St. Ignace, six miles from Ste. Marie, at the age of fifty-six.
Gabriel Lalemant entered the Jesuits at the age of nineteen. He was ordained at twenty-seven and then served the Order as a scholar, professor, and college administrator. Delicate in body, he had a strong desire to convert the Huron tribes. Thus after spending two years in Canada, he left for Huronia and quickly learned to speak the natives' tongue. He assisted jean de Brebeuf for only one month before sharing with him the palm of martyrdom on 1 7 March 1649.
Charles Garnier joined the Jesuit Mission in Huronia at the age of thirty-one. For thirteen years he served as pastor and missionary to the Hurons and Petuns. Gentle, innocent, and fearless, his great faith in God's goodness drew many to the baptismal font. Even when his settlement was attacked and he was himself wounded, he continued baptizing neophytes and caring for an injured Huron. He soon died from his wounds, about thirty miles from Ste. Marie.
A group of strong men and boys will be walking from Church in Orillia to Midland. This group will walk a total of 50km. beginning on Friday September 25th camping overnight, and meet the main pilgrimage on Saturday. **There will be a carpool leaving from the Church of Transfiguration early on the morning of Friday, September 25th. , Many graces can gained on this extra day of prayer and penance.
Those who are interested should contact Fr. Herkel at the Priory at 416-251-0499 or by email – [email protected]
The Martyrs' Shrine is located of Highway 12 two miles East of Midland, Ontario. It consists of a Basilica, Outdoor Stations of the Cross, and many other outdoor shrines. In the Church are the relics of St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Rene Goupil.
St. Ignace II (as it is called) is the exact location where Sts. Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant suffered their martyrdom. It is at located off Rosemount Road, South of Highway 12. It is at this location where The Mass is offered in the morning.
Directions to St. Ignace II (Pilgrimage will start at St. Ignace walking to the Shrine)
Note: Outdoor Mass will be celebrated at the grounds of the Shrine after the Second Walk.
Directions to the Martyrs Shrine from St. Ignace II:
Return to Highway 12, and at the Shell station turn Left. Continue on Highway 12 West for about 10 Km and the Martyrs Shrine will be on your right (on the north side of Highway 12; do not confuse with St. Marie among the Hurons historical site).
Box 515, 945 King Street,
Midland, Ont. L4R 4L3
Tel: (705) 526-9307
980 King Street,
Midland, Ont. L4R 4K5
Tel: (705) 526-2090
Toll Free: 1 (800) 228-5150