Friar Pedro de Corpa and his four companion friars, Blas, Miguel, Antonio and Francisco
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New Georgia Martyrs website goes live

Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

A new website telling the story of the Georgia Martyrs is online.

 

The site, www.thegeorgiamartyrs.org , went live February 13.

 

Besides presenting the Cause for the Beatification of the Georgia Martyrs, the site features a prayer for the Cause, a link to report favors received through the intercession of the martyrs, a link to Join the Cause, and Children’s Resources.   

The Martyrs' Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Friar Pedro de Corpa and his four companion friars, Blas, Miguel, Antonio and Francisco, who labored for the spiritual well-being of the native Guale people of Georgia and gave their lives in witness to the Christian faith. Through their merits and intercession graciously grant the favor I humbly ask of You, so that, for the glory of Your Name, their heroic sacrifice may be officially recognized by the Church. Amen.

 

 

Webmaster Jill Parks designed the new site, which highlights the little known history of the settlement of Spanish missions along the eastern coast of Florida and Georgia in the sixteenth century.

 

In 1597 there were five missions in Coastal Georgia where Franciscan friars preached the Gospel to the Guale natives, living peacefully with the native population.

 

An uprising by the heir to a Guale chiefdom over the friars’ condemnation of native customs including polygamy led to the martyrdom of Friar Pedro de Corpa and his four companion friars, Blas, Miguel, Antonio and Francisco.

 

The Cause for their beatification was opened by Bishop Raymond W. Lessard in 1984. Bishop J. Kevin Boland sent official documentation of the Cause to the Congregation for the Causes for Saints in Rome in 2007.

 

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. will visit the Congregation as well as the Office of Friars Minor Conventual in September to check on advancement of the Cause and to report on promotion of the Cause in the Diocese of Savannah. 

 

Barbara D. King is the Director of the office of Communications.

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