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Two calendar items from this day, November 1st.

First, the kidnapping of Fr. Julien Devernier SJ. After the suppression of the Jesuits in France, Louisiana ordered the removal of all Jesuits from the province. Fr. Devernier was kidnapped from Vincennes and sent to Louisiana along with all his possessions.

Also on this day, the building of the first church on the site of the present St. Francis Xavier Cathedral took place in 1702.

Both items come from Henry Cauthorn’s history of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Vincennes (p.228)

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