The Canadian Martyrs Shrine 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.
A rented bus will depart from the Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto promptly at 6:00 am, will leave the Martyrs Shrine at approx. 4:00 pm to return to Toronto – Church of the Transfiguration.
Cost: $20.00 per person.
For more information: Please contact St. Michael’s Priory,
P: 416-251-0499 or [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.
The Martyrs' Shrine is located of Highway 12 just 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.
Directions to St. Ignace II (Pilgrimage will start at St. Ignace walking to the Shrine)
Directions to the Martyrs Shrine from St. Ignace II
You may find the “Pilgrim Route Virtual Map”
Pilgrims coming from a distance may camp on the grounds of one of our families living in the area.
Contact the Rugman family at 705-730-6730.
Contact: St. Michael’s Priory, Tel: 416-251-0499
Registration: Because of the larger number of pilgrims, we ask that you register for the pilgrimage at your local SSPX chapel. This will help our logistics team.
Please register by September 16, 2018