St. Juvenal (or Juvenaly) was the first Alaskan martyr – and the victim of fraudulent press. For years it was thought that he had been killed by jealous Alaskans when he fell in love with a young Alaskan woman. Evidence was taken from what were purpoted to be his diaries: translations of which were located in San Francisco. It took a lot of years and a fortuitious find by a team which included Fr. Michael Oleska to actually locate the saint’s journals. It was another discovery by Fr. Michael which led to what scholars now think was Juvenal’s true fate – which you can read about in my column.
Stay tuned for more posts on more saints in the coming weeks. I have several, since I’m way behind on posting here.