Father Stephen Theodore Badin

illustration of Father Stephen Theodore Badin; swiped off the University of Notre Dame web site

Studied in the Sulpician Seminary at Orleans, France. Completed his studies in America, and on 25 May 1793 became the first priest ordained in the United States. Appointed to the Kentucky mission, he labored for many years, forming congregations and building churches. After a sojourn in France from 1819 to 1828, he returned to America and undertook missionary work among the Pottowattomies, being named Vicar-General of Kentucky in 1837. Rector of a French mission in Illinois in 1846. His published works include a history of the Kentucky missions, two Latin poems, and Letters to an Episcopalian Friend. Father Stephen spent his final years in semi-retirement at the cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio.



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MLA Citation

  • “Father Stephen Theodore Badin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2019. Web. 23 September 2021. <>