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Week of September 23, 2002
Searching for saints in Dieppe
Sts. Antoine Daniel and Jean de la Lande honoured
By TED FITZGERALD
Antoine Daniel died after celebrating Mass on July 4, 1648, deliberately delaying pursuit of his Huron flock by the attackers.
Begun 800 years ago, St. Jacques had many additions and alterations until its completion in the 16th century. Newest features of the edifice are the High Gothic west front and bell tower.
And the young missionaries-to-be would be familiar with the sonorous bells of St. Jacques.
Antoine Daniel was born May 27, 1601 in the city and entered the Society of Jesus in Rouen at age 20. Attracted early to the overseas missions, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1630, travelled to Quebec and accompanied pioneer Father Jean de Brebeuf to Huronia on Georgian Bay.
His successful, 14-year mission ended when Iroquois destroyed his St. Joseph II at Teanaostae near Hillsdale, Ont. He died after celebrating Mass on July 4, 1648, deliberately delaying pursuit of his Huron flock by the attackers.
Canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI, the saint is honoured today with the other martyrs of Huronia at the Martyrs Shrine at Midland, Ont. It is a destination for thousands of pilgrims each year.
Jean de la Lande entered the Jesuits at age 19 as a donné or lay volunteer to assist the missionary priests in the New World.
In 1646 he travelled south with Father Isaac Jogues from Quebec deep into Iroquois territory. Both are honoured at the site of their martyrdom (Oct. 18, 19, 1646) - the vanished Mohawk settlement of Ossernenon; near present-day Albany N.Y.
It is now a popular pilgrim destination -- the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs.
St. Jacques was the venue for remembrance ceremonies on Aug. 19, 2002 connected with the 60th anniversary of the disastrous Operation Jubilee assault by Canadian troops on Dieppe's stony beach.
Those who fell there are honoured in modern stained glass windows in the church.
And on March 3, 2002, a new Dieppe Christian community was founded - Paroisse Saint-Antoine Daniel et Saint-Jean de la Lande.
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