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Fr. Patteson, born in London, educated at Oxford, responded to Bishop George A. Selwyn’s call for helpers in New Zealand. He established a school for boys on Norfolk Island to train Christian workers and learned 23 of Melanesia’s native dialects. He worked to prevent man-hunting by pirates in the South Seas. He and several companions were killed by natives who mistook them for slavers, but their martyrdom sowed the seeds of a strong and vigorous Church today.

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