Holweck’s American Martyrology – Father Jean Francois Buisson de Saint-Come


2 February. Near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the memory of Father Jean Francois Buisson de Saint-Come (Cosme), of the Seminary of Quebec, Martyr. He was born at Pointe-Levi, Canada, of a family which originally came from Saint-Cosme-le-Vert, France. He was baptized 6 February 1667, and ordained 2 February 1690. After serving for a time at Mines, Nova Scotia (Acadia), he was assigned to the western mission. He labored for a time at the Cahokia (Tamaroa) mission in Illinois, until succeeded by Father J. Bergier, about 1698. Then he followed Fathers Montigny and Davion, of the same Seminary, to the lower Mississippi and took up his residence amongst the Natchez (December, 1699). Shortly after he returned to the Tamaroa (opposite the present city of Saint Louis) and preached to them, until, in 1701, he was relieved and again descended to the Natchez. The tribes of this region, however, were obdurate, so that by the end of 1704 all but the Natchez mission had been abandoned, leaving Father Saint-Come alone. To seek relief from a cruel illness, in 1706 he started from his mission for Mobile, accompanied by three Frenchmen and a slave. While asleep at night on the bank of the river, the party was attacked and murdered by the savage Shetimasha (Sitimaches), about fifty miles from the mouth of the Mississippi. Cath. Encycl, Vol. xiii, p. 34e. La Haye, Journal Historique. New Orleans, 1831.

MLA Citation

  • Father F G Holweck. “Father Jean Francois Buisson de Saint-Come”. American Martyrology, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 October 2013. Web. 19 February 2019. <>