James Lloyd Breck
The Rev. James Lloyd Breck
James Lloyd Breck, 1866
|Born||June 27, 1818|
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
|Died||2 April 1876 (aged 57)|
|Venerated in||Episcopal Church USA|
Breck is commemorated on April 2 on the Episcopal calendar of saints.
Early life and education
Breck was born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He attended high school at the Flushing Institute, founded by William Augustus Muhlenberg, who inspired him to resolve at the age of sixteen to devote himself to missionary activity. Senator James Lloyd of Massachusetts and Breck's uncle financed his education at Flushing and the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1838 and a B.D. from the General Theological Seminary in 1841.
In 1842, by then a deacon in the Episcopal Church, he went to the frontier of Wisconsin with two classmates, under the direction of Bishop Jackson Kemper, to found Nashotah House, intended as a monastic community, a seminary, and a center for theological work. It continues today as a seminary. Breck was ordained into the priesthood later that year by the Missionary Bishop, Jackson Kemper at the Oneida Indian settlement 150 miles north of Nashotah.
In 1850 Breck moved to Minnesota where he began another mission. On June 23, 1850 he celebrated the first Episcopal Eucharist in the La Crosse area. Two years later he began work among the Ojibway, founding St. Columba Mission.
In 1855 Breck married Jane Maria Mills, one of the teachers at the St. Columba Mission. He opened another mission at Leech Lake in 1856, and then in 1857 he moved to Faribault where he and the Rev. Solon Manney began a mission school to train clergy to work in Minnesota missions. Breck worked closely with the first Bishop of Minnesota, Henry Whipple and the mission school for clergy became Seabury Seminary which survives today as Bexley-Seabury Western Seminary in Chicago.
Breck was known as "The Apostle of the Wilderness".
Breck died in Benicia in 1876. He was buried beneath the altar of the church he served as rector but later his body was removed and reinterred on the grounds of Nashotah House in Nashotah, Wisconsin. The recommittal service there had 14 bishops, about 100 priests, and many lay people in attendance.
Breck's major legacies were Nashotah House Seminary, Seabury Seminary, and several other institutions since closed including Racine College in Delafield, Wisconsin, St. Augustine College in Benecia, California, and St. Mary's School in Benecia. Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota, founded in 1886, was named for him.
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- Nashotah Scholiast Vol.4 No.2, 1886, p. 28-30
- Goldstein, Norm, editor, Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2000, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing, pp. 84-85."The Life of the Reverend James Lloyd Breck, D.D." anglicanhistory.org. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Pritchard, "Breck".
- Seabury: About Seabury: Seabury's History Archived 2008-06-22 at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns € 1850's - Athens of California". beniciahistoricalmuseum.org. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Holcombe, T.I. (1903). An Apostle of the Wilderness: James Lloyd Breck, D.D., His Missions and His Schools. T. Whittaker. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- A Commemoration Service At Seabury Seminary