Alphonse Joseph Glorieux

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Alphonse Joseph Glorieux
Bishop Alphonse Joseph Glorieux.jpg
Born (1844-02-01)February 1, 1844
Died August 25, 1917(1917-08-25) (aged 73)

Alphonse Joseph Glorieux (February 1, 1844 – August 25, 1917) was a Belgian missionary Roman Catholic bishop, who served as the first bishop of Boise, Idaho, United States.

Beginning in Belgium[edit]

Glorieux was born on February 1, 1844 to a Belgian family in the municipality of Dottignies, in what is now the municipality of Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium.[1] As a young man, he entered the seminary, specifically The American College of the Immaculate Conception in Louvain, with intent to go to the American missions.[2] He was ordained a priest on the August 17, 1867, and was sent to the United States.[1]

Ministry in the United States[edit]

Glorieux made his way west, and took a position as first president of St. Michael's College, a school for boys that opened in Portland, Oregon in 1871.[3] On October 7, 1884, he was appointed vicar apostolic of the Idaho Territory, after an eight year interregnum following the resignation of fellow Belgian Louis Aloysius Lootens as vicar apostolic. He was consecrated bishop on April 19, 1885 in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Baltimore, while attending the Third Council of Baltimore.[4]

The diocese of Boise was erected on August 25, 1893, and Glorieux was appointed bishop of the newborn diocese.[5] The diocese was set at its present boundaries at that time, and Glorieux made the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boise his cathedral.[4]

Glorieux died on August 25, 1917, and was succeeded by Daniel Mary Gorman.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Alphonse Joseph Glorieux". Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  2. ^ "The American College at Louvain". 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Oregon". 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  4. ^ a b Donald Fraser. "History of the Diocese of Boise". Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise website. Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Diocese of Boise City". Retrieved 2007-04-15. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
None (erected)
Bishop of Boise
Succeeded by
Daniel Mary Gorman
Preceded by
Louis Aloysius Lootens
Vicar Apostolic of Idaho
Succeeded by
None (diocese erected)