Chabanel, Noël

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Noël Chabanel (St. Noël Chabanel) (nôĕl´ shäbänĕl´), 1613–49, French missionary in North America, a Jesuit. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1630, came as a missionary to New France in 1643, and worked among the Huron. He was captured by the Iroquois and put to death. Chabanel was canonized in 1930 with other missionaries (including Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brébeuf) and laymen. As a group they are known as the Martyrs of North America. Feast: Sept. 26 or (among the Jesuits) Mar. 16.