Blessed Charles René Collas du Bignon, Jean-Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin and Claude Joffret de Bonnefont, Martyrs


Because they had refused to take the oath of the Constitutional clergy and were accused of lacking civil responsibility, 829 priests and religious were crammed into the holds of ships at Rochefort while awaiting deportation to guyane. 64 of them were declared blessed by pope John Paulii on october 1, 1995.

Three of those beatified were priests of Saint Sulpice : Charles-René Collas du Bignon, the superior of the Minor seminary of Bourges, died on june 3, 1794 at the age of 41. Jean-Joseph Juge de Saint Martin, a director at the seminary of Limoges, died on july 7, 1794 at the age of 55. Claude Jouffret de Bonnefont, superior of the minor seminary of Autun, died on august 10, 1794 at the age of 42.