September 26th
he North American Martyrs (1642, 1646, 1648, 1649).

The eight North American martyrs were six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in North America to bring the Faith that is necessary for salvation to the Huron, the Iroquois and the Mohawk Indians. Five of the eight North American martyrs were put to death in what is now Canada, and three of them in New York State. There is a shrine to the United States' martyrs at Auriesville in New York. There is a shrine to the Canadian martyrs at Fort Saint Mary near Midland, Ontario. The names of the eight North American martyrs are:

all priests, and all martyred in Canada in 1649. Saint Isaac Jogues, after thirteen months' imprisonment by the Mohawks, had several fingers cut off his hand. He went back to Europe, but returned again to North America and was killed by tomahawk blows at Ossernenon, now called Auriesville, in New York State. Saint John de Brebeuf declared before he died, "I have a strong desire to suffer for Jesus Christ." He was tortured terribly, and a burning torch was put into his mouth, which strangled him. Saint Rene Goupil said, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" as he died. Saint Rene Goupil thirty-five, was the youngest of the martyrs. Saint Noel Chabanel was thirty-six. Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Gabriel Lalemant were thirty-nine. The oldest of the eight North American martyrs, Saint John de Brebeuf, was fifty-six when the Indians killed him. These martyrs were beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI.

A Traditional Pilgrimage Right Here in America
What: Eighth Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration

When: September 24-27, 2003

Where: Lake George, NY to Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY

How: 75-miles of hiking on foot (modified pilgrimage available for young & old)

Who: Sponsored by National Coalition of Clergy & Laity, with pilgrimage support by the Company of St. Rene Goupil. Up to 150 pilgrims expected for full march plus up to 600 on final day (Saturday) for 7-mile pilgrimage from Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Shrine to North American Martyrs Shrine

Why: Restoration of True Devotion to Mary, Queen of Peace & of the Holy Rosary

Pope Pius IX was asked by a group of Anglicans for his blessing after an audience. He responded by blessing them in Latin with the benediction for incense:
"Ab illo bnedicaris in cuius honore cremaberis":
(May you be blessed by Him in whose honor you will burn).