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March 24, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Catholic school tradition i.ooking at early years of Catholic education in southern Indiana \\;4 \\; /- -. 4 t --_lL_k&_.TiTe. TRADITION CAIIKIII .4ICilIIOI ; IN %(ItlIIIWI Nil lirl IlllAtlA By FR. RAYMOND L. KUPER Director of Catholic Education This is the second article in a series written by Father Kuper on the history of Catholic education in Indiana. Historical material is derived from the " "History of Catholic Education in Indiana" written by Sister Mary Salesia Godecker, O.S.B. 1824 introduced a marked change in the small town of Vincennes, which had between 1,000 and 1,500 residents. Four Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky., arrived and assumed the educational responsibilities of establishing an academy and a day school in Vincennes. In 1826, the superior, Sister Har- riet Gardener, died during an epidemic. In 1830, these sisters opened an academy and day school at St. Peter Church, Montgomery. 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The new diocese included all of the state of Indiana and the eastern half of Illinois; there were three priests and one bishop, Bishop Simon William Gabriel Brute de Remur. In July of 1835, Bishop Brute set out for France to recruit men and women as well as the finan- cial means to develop his new diocese. Before he left, he per- suaded the Sisters of Charity to return and reopen their school and academy at Vincennes. He said, "Without schools, religion can never be firmly established." In those days, aside from the Catholic schools, the only education available was through private schools or from teachers who circulating to families who could afford to employ them. Upon his return from France, Bishop Brute was able to fund two free schools, one for boys and one for girls. This was the start of free school education in the state. Public schools were not organized until 1850 under the Indiana constitution. In Vincennes, Bishop Brute also founded an ecclesiastical seminary, a college for secular students, an academy for young ladies and an orphan asylum. It was his plan that this system, which was complete from elementary through collegiate for both sexes, would serve as a model for the rest of the diocese. The academy, elemen- tary schools and orphan asylum were operated by the Sisters of Nazareth until 1838 when the Sisters of Charity from Emmittsburg, Md., took over. In 1841, a school was opened at St. Joseph Church in Vander- burgh County; in 1845 a school was opened for St. Joseph parish in Jasper. In 1847, schools were opened at St. Wendel and St. Philip. St. Celestine opened its school doors in 1850. Most of these schools continued to operate, some as parochial schools and others becoming public school.s. Bishop Brute died on June 26, 1839. His successor, the vicar general of the diocese, Father Celestin de la Hailandiere, was in France soliciting helpers and aid for the fledging Vincennes Diocese. He was consecrated a bishop and successor on August 18, 1839, Shortly thereafter, he returned to Vincennes to take charge of his diocese. However, before he left France, he succeeded in obtain- ing a group from the Order of Rudists to take charge of St. Gabriel's College in Vincennes. More significantly, he obtained the promise of a community of l-'eace FROM THESE EVANSVILLE FIRMS BROWN & HUBERT 306 N. 7th Avenue 425-9049 BROWNING FUNERAL HOME 738 Diamond Avenue 425-2896 EVANSVILLE APPLIANCE PARTS, INC. 900 E. Diamond Ave. 423-8867 MOONEY COPY SERVICE For your next printing order Hilary DeJean 40 E. Sycamore 423-6626 TEKOPPEL BLOCK 1701 West Ohio 422-2491 or 422-2416 Sisters of Providence, who ar- rived at St. Mary-of-the-Woods on Oct. 25, 1840 under the direction of Mother Theodore Guerin. In September 1841, Father Sorin of the Congregation of the Holy Cross arrived in Vincen- nes with six brothers. They set- tled in Montgomery. Father Stephen Bodin, the first priest ordained in the United States, had purchased a section of land near the village of South Bend. In 1836, Father Bodin gave the title to the Bishop of Vincennes, who gave it to the Holy Cross congrega- tion. They moved there in 1842 and in 1843 layed the cor- nerstone of the first college building of the future Notre Dame University. In 1854, a cholera epidemic almost ex- tinguished Notre Dame. In 1879, a fire consumed almost the entire campus, but it im- mediately grew from the ashes to become the world class in- stitution it is today. Next week: The Diocese of Vincennes is divided. Classified ads ATTENTION -- HIRING! govern- ment jobs -- your area. Many im- mediate openings without waiting list r test.-$17,840-$69,485. Call -602-838-8885. EXT. R4880. ACT IN TV COMMERCIALS No ex- perience. All ages. 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