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A missionary Bishop's reminiscences of a troublous boyhood. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XIII. Pages 325-333.
Donnelly Eleanor C. (Eleanor Cecilia), 1838-1917.
11 January 2014
American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.
Bruté de Rémur, Simon William Gabriel, 1779-1839.
Catholic Church. Diocese of Vincennes (Ind.). Bishop (1834-1839 : Bruté de Rémur).
A MISSIONARY BISHOP’S REMINISCENCES OF A TROUBLOUS BOYHOOD. ’ GATHERED BY ELEANOR C. DONNELLY. ONE of the mostibeautiful, the most saintly personalities in the early hierarchy of the United States of America was that of the late Mgr. Brute, first Catholic bishop of Vincennes, Indiana. Bishop Brute was born of an ancient aud highly respectable family in Rennes, France, in the year 1779, and witnessed in his childhood many of the appalling scenes of the Reign of Terror, especially the cruel persecutions of the faithful servants of God in those mockeries of justice, the trials of the so-called Tribunals of the infidel revolutionists. From his boyhood Simon William Gabriel Brute kept a little journal or note-book, wherein he recorded (as his intimate friend, Rt. Rev. Bishop Bayley, states in his Memo:'r: of Bislzop Brut‘! ") some of “ the interior or domestic scenes of that dreadful Tragedy ”-the French Revolution. “ These (as Dr. Bayley further remarks) bring into relief a portion of the picture of the Revolution which has been too much overlooked. Historians have dwelt,” he writes, “upon the crimes and horrors of that period, and the dark colors with which they have painted it have overlaid and hidden those scenes of Christian charity and patience and heroism which would have done so much to relieve the picture. The crimes of the oppressors were open and known to all men; the virtues of the sufferers were for the most part hidden, and known only to God." Young Brute made his first holy Communion in 1791. ‘The title of Bishop Bayley’s work referred to in the text is Mevm'r.r o! the Rirlu Reverend Simon Wm. Gabriel Brute. D.D.. I-‘r'r.r! B1‘:-Ito) of Vinaemm. etc.. N. Y-. 1975- In it is I portrait (enzraved by J. A. O'Neill. of New York). with facairnile of sicnItlII’e- of the saintly prelate who for five years (1834-1839) ruled over the Faithful of Vincennea. ‘Phil has been reproduced in our Racoana for 1898. (See ix. 386.) 325