The Canadian Martyrs consisted of a group of 8 Jesuit Priests, who were given the task of Christianizing the Native Peoples of New France. They were beatified in 1925 and canonized five years later.
Isaac Jogues (1646), Jean de Brébeuf (1649), Charles Garnier (1649), Antoine Daniel (1648), Gabriel Lallemant (1649), Noël Chabanel (1649), Jean de Lalande (1646), René Goupil (1642) brought the Gospel to the Huron and Iroquois tribes of present day Quebec and Ontario.
Working from makeshift missions in the untamed wilds of seventeenth century Canada, these Jesuit, or "Blackrobes" as they came to be known, suffered greatly at the hands of the native people. While each was martyred, their work, their legend and their courage lives on in native lore and in their memorials at Martyrs Shrine in Midland.
Canadian Martyrs Catholic School opened in September, 1974. An eight room portapak addition was built in 1980. In 1998 the "portapak" addition was replaced by a permanent structure consisting of eight classrooms, washrooms and an elevator.
~CANADIAN MARTYRS' PRINCIPALS~
Maria DiNunzio, September 2017 to Present
Paul Wild, February 2013 to Jun 2017
Lucy Papaloni, September 2009 to February 2013
Charles Blanchard, September 2004 to June 2009
Barry Rivers, April 1999 to June 2004
Joe Lone, September 1994 to April 1999
Rina Berlingeri, September 1991 to June 1994
Irene Jursza, September 1988 to June 1991
Joe De Souza, September 1982 to June 1988
Mike Harding, opened the school in September 1974 to June 1982