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René Goupil

French Jesuit lay brother and missionary

Died when: 34 years 136 days (412 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


René Goupil

René Goupil, S.J. (15 May 1608 – 29 September 1642), was a French Jesuit lay missionary (in French "donné", "given" or "one who offers himself") who became a lay brother of the Society of Jesus shortly before his death.

He was the first of the eight North American Martyrs of the Roman Catholic Church to receive the crown of martyrdom and the first canonized Catholic martyr in North America.

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