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I’ve been trying to keep up with a busy October calendar. There seemd to be a lot of things going on in Indiana Catholic History in October. Today, October 15th is no exception.

First, today is the 213th anniversary of the birth of the Right Rev. John Stephen Bazin, third Bishop of Vincennes. Born in Duerne, (in the Archdiocese of Lyons), France, Bazin was ordained a priest at Lyons, on July 22, 1822. He came to the United States in 1830 and was appointed vicar general of Mobile, Alabama. He was consecrated Bishop of Vincennes in the cathedral at Vincennes, on October 24, 1847, by Bishop Michael Portier of Mobile, assisted by Bishop Purcell of Cincinnati and Bishop de la Hailandière, his predecessor. He died at Vincennes on April 23, 1848. His body is interred in the Old Cathedral, Vincennes.

Also on this date, in 2006, Mother Theodore Gu√©rin was canonized along with three others, by Pope Benedict XVI. It was a very special day not only for the Sisters of Providence, but also for Catholics in Indiana. Mother Theodore’s story can be read in a brief Wikipedia article.

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