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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 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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Father Vincent Bacquelin

The early missionaries to Indiana had to deal with many hardships. Cities and towns that are now small in comparison to the big cities, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette etc. were the backbone of the early diocese of Vincennes. We have seen that the early bishops wanted to move their see to a number of different […]

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The Last Days of February

On February 22, 1901, August Bessonies, one of the early recruits from France, passed away at age 86. 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 […]

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Moving the Bishop’s Chair…

In the last post, which was a re-run from 2012, we talked about how Bishop Francis Silas Chatard came to Vincennes to be consecrated in the Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier, but then, within days, he moved to Indianapolis. He remained the Bishop of Vincennes for 20 years more, but he lived and worked in […]

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Chatard Makes a stop in Vincennes

I am repeating this post, originally from 2012, regarding Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard’s installation (it was called ‘consecration’ in those days) as Bishop of Vincennes in 1878. It is similar in many ways to the trauma that many Indiana Catholics are experiencing now because of the closing and or consolidation of many parishes. I […]

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