Saint Pierre-Louis-Marie Chanel S.M.
First martyr of Oceania - First martyr Marist
1803 – 1841
Peter Chanel was a priest, a Catholic missionary and martyr.
Peter Chanel was born in Potière, Cuet village people, near Belley, in the department of Ain, France, and died in the village of Poi, near the northeastern coast of the Polynesian island of Futuna, at the hands of assassins commanded by Musumusu, son of Niuliki, the chief king of Alo, one of the two kingdoms that occupied the archipelago Horne.
St. Peter Chanel, was known as "a good boy", "a gentle soul", obviously full of good will and very friendly, the people of Futuna called him "a man of good heart."
It was declared a saint by Pope Pius XII and the first martyr of the continent of Oceania and the first of the Society of Mary (Marist).