October 20 – Saint Peter Chanel: Patron Saint of Oceania

Saint Peter Chanel, Patron Saint of Oceania (Feast Date:  October 20)

Extract from ST. PETER CHANEL—1803-1841: “On April 18, 1841, a band of native warriors entered the hut of Father Peter Chanel on the island of Futuna in the New Hebrides islands near New Zealand. They clubbed the missionary to death and cut up his body with hatchets. Two years later, the whole island was Catholic. St. Peter Chanel’s death bears witness to the ancient axiom that ‘the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.’ He is the first martyr from Oceania, that part of the world spread over the south Pacific, and he came there as the fulfillment of a dream he had had as a boy. Peter was born in 1803 in the diocese of Belley, France. At the age of seven, he was a shepherd boy, but the local parish priest, recognizing something unusual in the boy, convinced his parents to let him study, in a little school the priest had started. From there Peter went on to the seminary, where it was said of him: ‘He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel.’ . . . Peter’s violent death brought about the conversion of the island, and the people of Futuna remain Catholic to this day. Peter Chanel was beatified in 1889 and canonized in 1954.” See PICTURE of Saint Peter Chanel.   See also: St. Peter-Louis-Marie Chanel (Multilingual).

Saint Peter Chanel, Patron Saint of Oceania (Feast Date:  October 20)

Extract from St. Peter Chanel:   ”He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel.”. . . . In 1831, he joined the newly founded Society of Mary, since he had long dreamed of being a missionary; but for five years he was assigned to teach at the seminary in Belley. Finally, in 1836, his dream was realized, and he was sent with other Marists to the islands of the Pacific. He had to suffer great hardships, disappointments, frustration. .” See picture of St. Peter Chanel.

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Peter Chanel on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Pure Water Shortage in Tuvalu (October 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 20 – October 23, 2011.

Cyclone Mick in Fiji (September 2010) (Oceania)  See World Mission Rosary Intions: December 21, 2009-January 3, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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