Friday, August 18, 2017
Part of the Martyrs of Rocheport, France – Fr. Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil (b. 1737 at Limoges) in religion Fr. Leonard; Fr. Michael-Louis Brulard (b. 1758 at Chartres); and Fr. Jacques Gagnot (b. 1753 at Frolois) in religion Fr. Hubert of St. Claude; were among a group of 64 martyrs, beatified October 1, 1995, victims of the French Revolution who came from 14 French dioceses and from various religious Orders.
In their loyalty to God, the Church and the Pope, they refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitution for the Clergy imposed by the Constituent Assembly of the Revolution. As a result they were imprisoned, massed like animals, on a slave-trader in Rochefort Bay waiting in vain to be deported into slavery.
During 1794, the first two Carmelites died on board ship: Fr. John-Baptist on July 1st and Fr. Michael-Aloysius on July 25th, both being buried on the island of Aix. After plague broke out on the ship, those remaining disembarked on the island of Madame where Fr. James died and was buried on September 10th.