Evenings of Reflection Registration

Series Schedule

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.Private veneration of relics by Jesuit theology classes
4 p.m.Presentation: The Life of Saint Jean de Brebeuf, S.J.
4:30 p.m.Public veneration of the relics
5:30 p.m.Public veneration continues, Reconciliation available
6 p.m.Mass
6:30 p.m.Reflection by Fr. John Brown, S.J.: True Devotion to the North American Martyrs
7 – 8 p.m.Public veneration of the relics
7 – 9 p.m.Reception in the Jesuit cafeteria

After Brebéuf’s brutal martyrdom at the hands of the Iroquois in 1649, his remains were initially buried near Sainte-Marie among the Huron villages where he dedicated his life to spreading the Christian faith. However, the violence and turmoil of that time led to uncertainty regarding the safety of the graves of the martyred Jesuits.

These sacred remains began a journey, safeguarded by devoted Jesuits amid the dangers of ongoing conflicts and the shifting landscapes of colonial Canada. Over the years, these relics changed hands multiple times, moving between various Jesuit communities for protection and veneration. They were carefully safeguarded, hidden, and transported to prevent desecration or destruction.

The mission of Sainte-Marie was significant as it symbolized the Jesuit commitment to evangelization and their resilience in the face of adversities in the New World. Throughout its history, the relic of Brébeuf’s skull has stood as a tangible link to the courageous and selfless efforts of the early Jesuit missionaries in Canada. It embodies the enduring spirit of devotion and sacrifice that continues to inspire reverence and contemplation among those who visit the shrine, offering a profound connection to the legacy of St. Jean de Brébeuf and the rich history of Catholicism in North America.

While attendance is open to the public, attendees should register below.

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Lenten Evening of Reflection

True Devotion to the North American Martyrs

Fr. John Brown, S.J.
Jesuit High School

Fr. John Brown, S.J., serves as the 31st president of Jesuit High School. Originally from Eunice, Louisiana, he has served over two decades in the Society of Jesus in a variety of works and places. Fr. Brown is proud to serve the entire Jesuit High School community.