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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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Sacramental Records at Vincennes

April 21st, marks the 268th anniversary of the first official entry in the Sacramental Record at Saint Francis Xavier, Vincennes. In this day and age, when genealogy is still a very popular pastime, the existence of early Church records makes a genealogist’s pulse increase. Although I am sure that many baptisms, marriages etc. were performed […]

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November 5, 1834

On this day, November 5, 1834, at 5:00 P.M., newly consecrated Bishop Simon Gabriel Bruté took possession of his Cathedral in Vincennes. He celebrated pontifically for the first time on the following Sunday, November 9, 1834.1 This was the end of a long journey to Saint Louis, and the pomp of the consecration of a […]

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Bishop Bruté Issues his first Pastoral Letter

On the day after his consecration, in Saint Louis, Bishop Simon Bruté issues his first pastoral letter. Addressed to “All the faithful of our Diocess” he wrote on October 29, 1834: SIMON GABRIEL, by the Grace of God and the appointment of the Holy See, Bishop of Vincennes. To all the Faithful of our Diocese, […]

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Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Vincennes

     Today, August 8, marks the 175th anniversary of the formal dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Vincennes. Even though the church was built much earlier, what we now call the “Old Cathedral” was finally dedicated on this day by Bishop Hailandiére. On March 30, 1826 the Vincennes Sun reported: The cornerstone of […]

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Simon Bruté

237 years ago this coming Sunday, March 20th, Simon Guillaume Gabriel Bruté de Rémur was born in the town of Rennes, France. To us he is known as Servant of God, Bishop Simon Bruté, first Bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, Indiana, now the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In 2005, then Archbishop Daniel Beuchlein, began the […]

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