Report on Nicolas Etienne, [1670 or later]


Report on Nicolas Etienne, [1670 or later]




Nicolas Etienne, CM priest, French by birth, was sent to Madagascar in 1662, and arrived there on 29 september 1663. He informed René Alméras of the success of his work in a letter of 15 January 1664. His works should earn him the title of martyr. He was killed by a prince he had converted, and this should earn him the title of martyr. A native of the island, who was a CM brother called Philippe Patte had already died as a martyr in 1665. The author says he went to Paris subsequently to find out more information about these events. 1. In a manuscript of Michel Montmasson [Michel Monmasson], CM priest, he found that Messieurs Coueron [Maximilien François Cuvron] and Montmasson arrived in Madagscar on 26 August 1665. M. Manie [Michel Manie] stayed there alone after Etienne's death. 2. In the second part of the book on the canonization of Vincent de Paul, on page 38 (on the heroism of his virtues), he found that Raimond des Morties, described him in the following manner: De Paul had in his house of San Lazare four youths from Madagscar, one of them was, according to the report, killed together with Sig'r Stefano, while converting the ruler of this land. This happened because of the evilness of the women of the ruler who feared that their husband would keep only one woman when he converted. 3. In the same summary, Marie Loret, a Daughter of the Charity, described De Paul saying he sent CM priests to Madagascar because of his charity, and that she knew one of them, called Sig'r Stefano. 4. Dominique Avami, in the Vie de S. Vincent, Chapter 22, said that among those who died at Madagascar, two should be mentioned in particular: Niccolò Stefano and Filippo Patte. 4. In the new vie de S't Vicent de Paul, book 8, page 509, it is said that René Almeras sent a new mission to Madagascar, whose head, Nicolas Etienne, would become its first martyr.
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The exact date of this document is unknown. The series it is part of though, starts in 1670. Issue number 4 appears twice.




APF SC Africa 1, 30r-v


[1670 or later]










Unkown, “Report on Nicolas Etienne, [1670 or later],” Early Modern Documents: Sources and Resources for Historical Research, accessed July 5, 2022,

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