"I hear that they speak of me as of a man who is in league with the black gowns. I wish them to know that I am allied with them, not to ruin the country ... but to maintain the truths which they have come to announce to us. I shall be happy to die for this reason; I am quite ready to be burned for this cause."

Joseph Chihwatenha, as reported in Jesuit Relations

Joseph Chihwatenha (d. 1640)

Native American Martyr

Converted by St. John de Brebeuf, Joseph became a lay preacher among his fellow Hurons. He was killed by fellow Native Americans, likely because he refused to abandon Christianity.


C. Mulloy, "Joseph Chihwatenha: The Forgotten Martyr"