Catholic Encyclopedia – Noel Chabanel


A Jesuit missionary among the Huron Indians, born in Southern France, 2 February 1613; slain by a renegade Huron, 8 December 1649. Chabanel entered the Jesuit novitiate at Toulouse at the age of seventeen, and was professor of rhetoric in several colleges of the society in the province of Toulouse. He was highly esteemed for virtue and learning. In 1643 he was sent to Canada and, after studying the Algonquin language for a time, was appointed to the mission of the Hurons, among whom he remained till his death. In these apostolic labours he was the companion of the intrepid missionary, Father Charles Garnier. As he felt a strong repugnance to the life and habits of the Indians, and feared it might result in his own withdrawal from the work, he nobly bound himself by vow never to leave mission, and he kept his vow to the end. In the “Relation” of 1649-50, Father Ragueneau describes the martyr deaths of Chabanel and Garnier, with biographical sketches of these two fathers.

MLA Citation

  • Edward Spillane. “Noel Chabanel”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 March 2014. Web. 18 February 2019. <>