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From the Archives: Bishop Byrne born 150 years ago

By Eric Hartmann | April 21, 2017

150 years ago, on April 21, 1867, Christopher E. Byrne was born in Missouri.  He served as the fourth bishop of Galveston from November 18, 1918 until his death on April 1, 1950.  For more information Bishop Byrne, see the Handbook of Texas online. The photograph of Bishop Byrne is from the Catholic Archives of…

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From the Archives: Texas Catholic history journal established

By Eric Hartmann | March 7, 2017

March 4–On this day in 1987, the Journal of Texas Catholic History and Culture came into being when the president of the society, Patrick Foley, urged the membership to establish such a publication. Shortly after that, an editorial board was formed with Foley as editor of the new periodical. At its first official meeting, the…

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From the Archives: first bishop of Galveston born in France

By Eric Hartmann | February 28, 2017

February 25–On this day in 1800, Jean Marie Odin was born in Hauteville, France. While a student at a Sulpician seminary in Lyon, he volunteered to serve in the American Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas. After arriving at New Orleans in 1822, Odin continued his religious education at a seminary in Missouri, where he…

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From the Archives: anniversary of first archbishop of San Antonio

By Helen Osman | February 16, 2017

February 16–On this day in 1927, Arthur Jerome Drossaerts was consecrated as the first archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio in San Fernando de Béxar Cathedral. Drossaerts was born in Breda, Holland, in 1862. He was ordained in 1889 and traveled to Louisiana the same year. The installation program is in the…

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