- Natalis Pinot
- Natale Pinot
In the French Revolution, he was required to take an oath of loyalty to the new government, an oath that was opposed to Church principles. Noel refused, and was ordered to abandon his parish, to come no closer to it than eight miles for at least two years. He left, then returned in secret, and ministered clandestinely to his flock. Some of his brother priests took the civil oath, but Noel convinced several of them to renouce it, and return their loyalty to the Church.
In 1793, a counter-revolution began in western France; when these forces won some victories, Pinot returned to openly ministering to his flock. However, the forces of the Revolution began to win again, and Pinot became a wanted man. Captured by government soldiers while preparing for Mass, he was imprisoned for twelve days; sentenced to death for refusing to take the oath, and encouraging others to do so.
- guillotined on 21 February 1794 at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France
- he wore his Mass vestments to execution, and died reciting the opening words of the Mass
- if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Noel, contact
8, Place Monseigneur-Rumeau
49002 Angers CEDEX 01, FRANCE
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Martirologio Romano, 2005 edition
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- Santi e Beati
- “Blessed Noël Pinot“. Saints.SQPN.com. 31 January 2014. Web. 18 December 2014. <>