John Stephen Bazin
The Right Reverend
John Stephen Bazin
|Bishop of Vincennes|
Jean Etienne Bazin
|See||Roman Catholic Diocese of Vincennes (Indiana)|
|Installed||October 24, 1847|
|Predecessor||Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière|
|Successor||Jacques-Maurice des Landes d’Aussac De Saint Palais|
|Ordination||July 22, 1822|
|Born||October 15, 1796|
|Died||April 23, 1848 (aged 51)|
John Stephen (Jean Etienne) Bazin
|Reference style||The Right Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Bishop John Stephen (Jean Etienne) Bazin was the third Roman Catholic Bishop of Vincennes (now the Archdiocese of Indianapolis). He was born at Duerne, near Lyon, France, on October 15, 1796; died at Vincennes, Indiana on April 23, 1848. He was educated in his native country and ordained in Lyon Cathedral on July 22, 1822.
In 1830, he emigrated to the United States and began his labours among the Roman Catholics of Mobile, Alabama, where for seventeen years he toiled zealously for the religious instruction of the young, organizing the Sunday schools and establishing the Catholic Orphan Asylum Society. He was also the vicar-general of the diocese.
In 1846 at the request of Bishop Michael Portier, Father Bazin went to France to secure the services of the Society of Jesus for Spring Hill College of Mobile, Alabama, and of the Brothers of the Christian Schools for the Boys' Orphan Asylum. In both efforts he was successful.
When the Right Rev. Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière, Bishop of Vincennes, resigned his see in 1847, Father Bazin was consecrated his successor on the 24th of October of that year. His episcopal career, which promised to be one of great usefulness to the Church, was cut short by his untimely death only seven months later.
Despite his short term as bishop, Bazin was able to heal some of the rifts that had formed in his diocese. He reassured Saint Mother Theodore Guerin that her congregation, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, could continue despite numerous issues they had had with Bishop de la Hailandière, who had banished Guerin from the diocese and threatened excommunication.
|Catholic Church titles|
| President of Spring Hill College
Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière
| Bishop of Vincennes
Jacques-Maurice des Landes d’Aussac De Saint Palais
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