St. Peter Chanel was born in 1803 at Clet, France. At the young age of seven he was merely a shepherd boy, yet the local priest noticed something unusual in him - Peter had exceptional intelligence and simple piety. The boy began to study in a little school the priest started. After that, he entered the seminary. It was said of him:" He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel."
Peter was ordained a priest and assigned to a worn down parish at Crozet that he greatly transformed in his stay there. In 1831, Peter joined the newly formed Society of Mary. Just five years later, the Society was given the New Hebrides as a field for evangelization - Peter was appointed as superior of the small group of missionaries sent to teach the Faith to its inhabitants.
Following a hard ten month journey, when they finally arrived, they seemed to be well accepted. However, after a while only a few were baptized and the chieftain was suspicious and hostile. Finally, when the chief's own son desired to be baptized, the chief grew angry and he sent a group of warriors to dispose of Peter.
On this day - April 28 - in 1841, St. Peter Chanel was clubbed to death by those he had desired to save. However, his death brought his work to finish - the island was soon converted to Christianity.