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Bishop St. Palais Consecrated

On this is day, January 14, in 1849, the Right Rev. Jacques M. Maurice Landes d’Aussac de Saint-Palais, known to the rest of us as Bishop St. Palais, was consecrated as the fourth bishop of Vincennes.

Born at LaSalvetat, France, on November 15, 1811, he was ordained a priest at Paris, on May 28, 1836. He came to Indiana and served as ne fo the early pastors in Chicago. He was named Administrator of the diocese after the death of Bishop Bazin.

On October 3, 1848 he was named as the fourth bishop. The consecration took place in the Cathedral at Vincennes. Bishop Pius Miles, OP, of Nashville officiated, assisted by Coadjutor Bishop Martin John Spalding of Louisville and Very Reverend Hippolyte Du Pontavice, vicar general of Vincennes.

St. Palais died at St. Mary-of-the-Woods on June 28, 1877. His body is interred in the Old Cathedral, Vincennes.


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