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They journeyed from Renaissance France to the frontiers of North America that they might preach and baptize.After pouring the saving waters of Baptism on a dying Indian child, Saint John de Brebeuf, the great pioneer of this mission, exclaimed with joy, “For this one single occasion I would travel all the way from France; I would cross the great ocean to win one little soul for Our Lord!
Our Lord added to this commission, “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” Members of the Society of Jesus who dedicated themselves to the conversion of the American Indians took Christ’s words very literally.The newly ordained priest had often dreamed of becoming a missionary, and upon recovering his health his desires of being sent to the New World increased.He was very much aware of the recent attempts to evangelized the North American Indians.The Society of Jesus had been founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola during the turbulent times following the Protestant Revolution.By the dawning of the seventeenth century the Jesuits had won renown as zealous missionaries and ardent defenders of the Catholic Faith.
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Through the assistance of the devout Catholic explorer Samuel de Champlain, the Franciscan Recollects had arrived at Quebec in 1615.