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Then, and not so Then…

Today, May 17th, celebrates two item from our Indiana Catholic Calendar.

First, on this date in 1839, Célestin de la Hailandière was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes. Hailandière was in France at the time, seeking assistance for the young diocese. By the time word got to Bishop Brute, he was already dead. Hailandière was consecrated at Paris on August 18, 1839.

Also on this day, in 1921, Msgr. John J. Doyle was ordained. Msgr Doyle wrote “The Catholic Church in Indiana 1686-1814” in 1976. He died in 1985. This web site is dedicated to his memory. In the foreword to his book, he said:

“It is my hope that the reading of the story told here may awaken the desire, latent in almost every heart, to understand what we are by discovering how we came to be, and to stir up the ambition to preserve for those that come after us the memory of the works worthy of emulation that God preformed by the hands of those that went before us, while we strive to deserve our heritage”


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