The North American Martyrs, also known as the Canadian Martyrs or the Martyrs of New France, were eight Jesuit missionaries from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, who were martyred in the mid-17th century in Canada, in what are now southern Ontario and upstate New York. The Martyrs are St. Jean de Brébeuf (1649), St. Noël Chabanel (1649), St. Antoine Daniel (1648), St. Charles Garnier (1649), St. René Goupil (1642), St. Isaac Jogues (1646), St. Jean de Lalande (1646), and St. Gabriel Lalemant (1649).
St. Crescentia was born in 1682 in a little town near Augsburg, the daughter of a poor weaver. As she grew older she desired to enter the convent of the Tertiaries of St. Francis. Bodily afflictions and pain were always with her. Despite her sufferings she was filled with peace and joy as she died on Easter Sunday in 1744.