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Prayer for the Cause of Bishop Bruté


Heavenly Father, source of all that is holy, in every age, you raise up men and women who live lives of heroic love and service.

You have blessed your Church through the life of Simon Bruté, first bishop of Vincennes and spiritual director to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Through his prayer, his intellect, his love, and his pastoral care, Simon Bruté formed future priests and guided your Church in the early days of our country.

If it be your will, may he be proclaimed a saint.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. —Amen.

(Contributions to defray the expenses in furthering the Cause should be sent to Bishop Bruté Fund, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, P.O. Box 1410, Indianapolis, IN 46206.)

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The Birth of Simon Petit Lalumiere

September 18th marks the 213th anniversary of the birth of Simon Petit Lalumiere, the “First Priest of Bishop Bruté”. That is, the first priest who was truly assigned, if you will, to the newly created Diocese of Vincennes. During the Centennial of he Diocese, in 1934, Saint Meinrad Historical Essays published an article by Joseph […]

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The Death of Vincent Bacquelin

This post, originally from 2014, comes a day late after the anniversary of the death of Vincent Baquelin, but it still bears repeating becasue of Fr. Vincent’s impact on the history of the Church in Indiana, especially Indianapolis and central Indiana. The early missionaries to Indiana had to deal with many hardships. Cities and towns […]

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Dedication of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral 1841

On August 8, 1841, the second Bishop of Vincennes, Celestine de la Hailandiere formally consecrated the Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier. The Vincennes Gazette documented the ceremonies in two articles which appeared on August 14 and August 28, 1841. Here is a transcript of those two articles. The original page is not a very clear […]

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Indiana “Saints”

I’m not a Canon Lawyer and I have never played one on TV… However, to quote the website Crux: Pope Francis declared a new category of Christian life suitable for consideration of beatification called “offering of life” – in which a person has died prematurely through an offering of their life for love of God […]

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The Death of Bishop St. Palais

Today, June 28th, is the anniversary of the death of Bishop St. Palais (Jacques-Maurice des Landes d’Aussac De Saint Palais) in 1877. Bishop St. Palais is overlooked in many ways. Bishop Brute, of course, is remembered as that “saintly” bishop, the man who began the long and proud tradition of the Catholic Church in Indiana. […]

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