*** *** *** We honor the French priest who was martyred in 1841 for his mission work on the island of Futuna.
~ St. Peter’s strong desire to serve in the foreign missions drew him to the Society of Mary (Marists). In 1837, St. Peter would be assigned to Futuna to proclaim the Faith, and at first he was received well by the king and pagans. The king eventually grew angry when seeing the fruits of St. Peter’s efforts… an increasing number of natives were open to baptism. When the king’s own son desired to be baptized, he ordered a group of his people to avert the saint’s efforts. St. Peter was clubbed to death, yet his martyrdom would not be in vain. The entire island would convert to Christianity.