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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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March Calendar

March is a very busy month in Indiana Catholic History. With that in mind, there are a number of items that I wanted to post from the calendar that are very important to our collective history. March 22nd is the anniversary of the death of Monsignor John J. Doyle. Msgr. Doyle was born in Indianapolis […]


The first winter in Vincennes-Bishop Bruté’s letter to the world

In the winter of 1834, Bishop Simon Bruté had made a few trips to visit his expansive new Diocese of Vincennes. In the short time he had been bishop there was no way he could have visited everywhere, but he felt the need to tell the world–through the Catholic press–that he had arrived and that […]


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 […]


November 1, 2012 – All Saints

Happy Feast of All Saints!! First, this month marks the 249th anniversary of an item that I have not found too many references to. It was in November of 1763, the same year that the British and French ended the French-Indian wars, that the kidnapping, in the nighttime, of Fr. Julien Devernier SJ, (Devernai, Duvernay), […]


The Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Today is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. What do the Jesuits have to do with the history of the Catholic Church in Indiana? Well, just about everything! The Jesuits were the first, according to existing records, to bring the Church to these parts. Monsignor John Doyle, in his […]