Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget


First Bishop of Bardstown, Kentucky. Educated at the Sulpician Seminary, Clermont, he joined the Society of Saint Sulpice in 1783; and was ordained priest at Issy, France on 1 June 1788. He taught dogmatic theology at Nantes and at Angers, but left France during the Revolution and arrived at Baltimore, 1792. He was appointed missionary to the Indians at Fort Vincennes in 1792; professor at Georgetown College in 1794; and then was sent to help found a college at Havana in 1798. He returned to Baltimore in 1801, and was consecrated Bishop of Bardstown, Kentucky1810. The diocese was large, having within its jurisdiction at first the territory now approximately comprising 10 states; it was devoid of funds and in need of spiritual care. Bishop Flaget consecrated his cathedral at Bardstown in 1819. In 1834 his diocese was limited to Kentucky and Tennessee, and it soon had a seminary, 4 colleges, 3 religious orders of men, 3 convents, several academies, and an orphan asylum. A visit to Europe from 1835 to 1839, netted him financial aid for his diocese, which was transferred to Louisville in 1841. Here he built a convent for the Religious of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd of Angers in 1843, with his private funds.



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