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Prayer for the Cause of Bishop Brute

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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Chartrand and Chatard

Two very important items from the calendar… The first item occurs on December 8th — the death of Bishop Joseph Chartrand. He was born in St. Louis, on May 11, 1870. While attending St. Meinrad Seminary, he incardinated into the Diocese of Indianapolis. He was ordained a priest at Indianapolis on September 24, 1892 by […]


Msgr. August Bessonies – February 23, 2013

On this day, February 23, 1901, Msgr. August Bessonies died… Here is an article that appeared in the New York Times on that day: Mgr. August Bessonies INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 22.?The Right Rev. Mgr. August Bessonies died to-day at the residence of Bishop Chatard of the Catholic diocese of Indiana, where he had made his home […]


John Carroll

On this day in 1790, John Carroll, a Jesuit (albeit suppressed) was consecrated as the first bishop of the United States, the first Bishop of Baltimore. What is extraordinary about this fact is that John Carroll was “elected” by the priests of the Maryland. There was much trouble in the American Church. Trusteeism in New […]


John Carroll ordained Bishop of Baltimore

On this day (August 15) in 1790, John Carroll was ordained as the first Bishop of Baltimore and the first Bishop in the United States. There was some fear in the new republic that the naming of a bishop would produce a backlash from Americans, especially if the bishop was not an American. To paraphrase […]