John Stephen Bazin

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The Right Reverend

John Stephen Bazin
Bishop of Vincennes
Native name
Jean Etienne Bazin
SeeRoman Catholic Diocese of Vincennes (Indiana)
InstalledOctober 24, 1847
PredecessorCélestine Guynemer de la Hailandière
SuccessorJacques-Maurice des Landes d’Aussac De Saint Palais
OrdinationJuly 22, 1822
Personal details
Born(1796-10-15)October 15, 1796
Duerne, France
DiedApril 23, 1848(1848-04-23) (aged 51)
Vincennes, Indiana
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
John Stephen (Jean Etienne) Bazin
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Reference styleThe Right Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop
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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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

In a letter to another bishop, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Bouvier of Le Mans, Guerin described Bazin as "pious, humble, and of an amiable simplicity."[2]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mathias Loras
President of Spring Hill College
Succeeded by
Peter Mauvernay
Preceded by
Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière
Bishop of Vincennes
Succeeded by
Jacques-Maurice des Landes d’Aussac De Saint Palais


  1. ^ Abbott, Maureen (2013). New Lights from Old Truths: Living the Signs of the Times. ISBN 9780989739719.
  2. ^ Guerin, Mother Theodore (1937). Journals and Letters of Mother Theodore Guerin. Providence Press.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.