|Monument on Isle La Motte, VT|
So even though there is not much I can say about Father Jacques Fermin, a seventeenth century French Jesuit missionary who moved to Isle La Motte to evangelize the Mohawk, the Onodaga, and the Cayuhoga, I am glad to honor his feast today. If the claim that he secured the conversion of 10,000 souls is true, perhaps he could lend a hand as Vermont's unofficial (except here, of course) patron. After all, Our Lady of Grace , Vermont's only official patron, is the Queen of the World, which is a lot to take care of. And Vermont being what it is, it really could use the undivided attention of a patron. Who better than a Jesuit who spent around forty years bringing the Gospel to the Green Mountains?