Catholic Encyclopedia – Gabriel Lalemant

[Blessed Gabriel Lalemant]Article

Jesuit missionary, born at Paris, 10 October 1610, died in the Huron country, 17 March 1649. He was the nephew of Charles and Jerome Lalemant, and became a Jesuit at Paris, 24 March 1630. He arrived in Canada, 20 September 1646 and after remaining in Quebec for two years, was sent to the Huron missions as de Brébeuf’s assistant. He was scarcely there a month when the Iroquois attacked the settlement of Saint Ignatius which they burned, and then descended on the mission of Saint Louis where they found de Brébeuf and Lalemant. After setting fire to the village and killing many of the inhabitants, they led the two priests back to Saint Ignatius where they were tied to stakes and after horrible torture put to death. Lalemant stood by while his companion was being killed. De Brébeuf expired at three in the afternoon. Lalemant’s suffering began at six that evening and lasted until nine o’clock next morning. When the Iroquois withdrew, the bodies of the two priests were carried over to Saint Mary’s where they were interred. Some of the relics of Lalemant were subsequently carried to Quebec.

MLA Citation

  • Thomas Campbell. “Gabriel Lalemant”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 15 November 2013. Web. 28 August 2014. <>