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The seminary program is named in honor of Bishop Simon Bruté, who served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, which included the entire state of Indiana and the eastern half of Illinois.
Bishop Bruté, a physician prior to his ordination and a theology professor and college president following ordination, was revered by early American Church leaders for his holiness of life and his vast knowledge of theology. He served as spiritual director to Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. Bishop Bruté’s Cause for Sainthood is being opened by the archdiocese. (See www.archindy.org/brute)