Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

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In the narrative of the growth of the Roman Catholic religion in the United States many personages who played unique roles through their inspiration in building the faith among the people have emerged as heroes or heroines. Nowhere is this more true than in Texas and Louisiana. In these two lands that matured from the colonial era to become states of the United States, no name stands out more honored and respected than that of the Frenchborn Vincentian missionary priest, bishop, and archbishop, Jean-Marie Odin. Born in Hauteville in the western reaches of the ancient Archdiocese of Lyon, France, just at the turn of the nineteenth century, when that nation was experiencing the post-revolutionary, early Napoleonic eras that had devastated the land’s centuries-old Catholic heritage, Odin as a young man entered the seminary system of the archdiocese. Eventually matriculating to the grand seminaire of St. Irenaeus located in the city of Lyon, he ventured from there in 1822 to the US mission field to commence his life’s work as a Catholic missionary. Having absorbed the spirit of the Sulpicians at the grand seminaire, upon his arrival on the American continent he joined the Congregation of the Mission while at their seminary of St. Mary’s the Barrens in Perryville, Missouri. Thus, it would be the formation of Saint Vincent de Paul that was to guide him for the remainder of his life. After almost a half century of missioning in areas that grew as parts of the United States, Jean-Marie Odin returned to France and died in the same farmhouse in Hauteville where he was born more than seventy years earlier, in 1870. His story must now be told.

Historians who attempt to narrate the life story of a personage in history must confess that the time spent with that life is like a journey. One gets to know well the figure of his or her study. That person, in a sense, becomes part of the author carrying out the research and writing. In such a project, especially one that consumed more than twenty years as this one did, many people are due credit for their help to the author of the biography.

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