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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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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 […]


Moving to Indianapolis – Succession of Bishops – Cornerstones

On March 28, 1898, the Diocese of Vincennes, officially became the Diocese of Indianapolis. For all intents and purposes that move took place about 20 years previously, in 1878, when Bishop Francis Silas Chatard became the fifth bishop of Vincennes. (He was, of course, also the FIRST Bishop of Indianapolis). By apostolic brief dated March […]


December 2013

December is passing quickly and I wanted to include some items from the calendar for this month. On this Feast of Saint Nicholas, in 1924, Bishop Herman Joseph Alerding, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, died of injuries he received in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day. Alerding’s “History of the Catholic Church in […]


Ritter Named Auxiliary – February 3, 1933

On this day (February 3), 1933, Elmer Joseph Ritter, who was to be known at “Joseph Elmer”, (just like Francis Silas Chatard switched his first and middle name) was named as Auxiliary Bishop to Bishop Joseph Chartrand. Chartrand probably had some indication of failing health and he obviously desired that Father Ritter, who was then […]


Chatard Dead…

On this day in history – September 7, 1918, Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard died in Indianapolis. Like his predecessor, Bishop St. Palais, Chatard oversaw a great deal of growth and upheaval in the Church in Indiana. From the relocation of the Episcopal See from Vincennes to Indianapolis, to the growth in parishes, schools and […]