Blessed Jean-Nicolas Cordier, Jesuit Priest and Martyr
Saint-André, France, December 3, 1710 – Rochefort, France, September 30, 1794
Roman Martyrology: On the French coast in the sea off Rochefort, Blessed John Nicholas Cordier, Priest and Martyr who, after the abolition of the Society of Jesus carried out his priestly ministry in the territory of Verdun, until, during the French Revolution, threw for priest in a galley at anchor, died of diseased lethal starvation.
Pope John Paul II beatified him on October 1, 1995 as one of a group of 64 martyrs who died during the French Revolution, the victims of the suffering endured by faith, known as “Martyrs of the pontoons of Rochefort.” The old boat “Washington”, anchored in the region of La Rochelle, was their prison and several priests and religious Catholics faithful to the Holy See died there. They endured terrible suffering and harassment because of their faith and died as a result of mistreatment. 285 survivors were released February 12, 1795, and returned to their country, leaving written records of the heroic example of their companions, thus starting the process of their beatification.
The Martyrologium Romanum, which commemorates the martyrs individually or in groups depending on the anniversary of martyrdom, poses today the feast of Blessed Jean-Nicolas Cordier. The latter, born in Saint-André December 3, 1710, was a professed Jesuit Priest, but the suppression of the Society of Jesus exercised his ministry at Verdun in Lorraine in the service of consecrated life, especially by supporting and guiding the nuns. Captured by the revolutionaries, he ended his days imprisoned off Rochefort September 30, 1794.
Author: Fabio Arduino
ource: Santi e Beati