Son of the wealthy Jean G and Anne de Garault. A studious lad whose health was never strong, he early felt a call to religious life. Studied classics, philosophy and theology at the Jesuit college of Clermont, France. Joined the Jesuits in 1624. Ordained in 1634. Missionary to Canada in 1636. Missionary to the Huron for 13 years, one of the famous “black robes” who lived in terrible conditions to bring the faith to the far north. Died when the fort at which he was stationed was attacked by Iroquois. Charles spent his last hours ministering to the dying before he was murdered. One of the Martyrs of North America.
- shot in the chest and abdomen, and tomahawked in the head on 7 December 1649 at Fort Saint Jean, Canada
- “Saint Charles Garnier“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 March 2015. Web. 4 May 2016. <>