John James Morel was born on June 12 1739, in a small village near Fribourg, Switzerland. He was educated by the Jesuits and graduated summa cum laude in philosophy and humane letters.
He entered the Capuchin Order at 23 years of age. Ordained a priest, he dedicated himself to assisting the clergy in the parishes and preaching popular mission. During the French Revolution, because of his unwavering loyalty to the Catholic faith and his refusal to take the schismatic oath prescribed by civil law, he, together with many others was martyred on September 2, 1792.
Pope Pius XI declared him blessed, together with another 190 martyrs on October 17, 1926.