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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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This (Past) Week in Indiana Catholic History

This is a long post, but only because I am a bit behind and the items I want to mention are important, so four posts coming in two… The first item is the dedication of the present St. Francis Xavier Church in Vincennes. On August 8, 1841 Bishop Celestine de la Hailandieré officially dedicated this […]


Fighting Irish or French?

What happened 171 years ago today certainly had a huge impact not only on the Catholic Church in Indiana, but on the State of Indiana and the American Church and country! 171 years ago today a band of Religious men left the shores of their native France headed for the wilds of Indiana. Their final […]



One of the great sources of information on the history of the Church in the United States is a publication known as “American Catholic Historical Researches”. It was edited by Martin Ignatius Jospeh Griffin a journalist and historian. The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia says: In January, 1887, he began the publication of the “American Catholic […]