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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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This Week In Indiana Catholic History

It is a busy week of Indiana Catholic history events… Today, January 8th marks the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Fort Wayne (now known as the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend): By decree of Pope Pius IX, January 8, 1857, the northern half of the state became the Diocese of Fort […]

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Establishment of the ARCHdiocese on Indianapolis-1944

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Indianapolis becomes an ARCHdiocese

On this day in 1944, in the midst of World War-II. Pope Pius XII created the “Archdiocese” of Indianapolis. It would take another two months to implement it. An apostolic decree of His Holiness Pope Pius XII, creating the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was issued October 21, 1944. On December 19, 1944, by executorial decree of […]

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Archbishop Ritter and Integration

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Moving to Indianapolis – Succession of Bishops – Cornerstones

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