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MAES, Camillus Paul, R. C. bishop, born in Courtrai, Belgimn, 13 March, 1846. He received his preparatory education in the College of Courtrai, and, after graduation, studied philosophy and theology in the seminary of Bruges. With the object of preparing himself for missionary work in the United States, he finished his theological studies in the American college of Louvain. He was ordained priest on 18 December, 1868. and sailed for the United States shortly afterward. He had been affiliated to the diocese of Detroit, and on his arrival in Michigan he was appointed pastor of St. Peter's church; Mount Clemens. He was transferred to Monroe city, where he was successively pastor of St. Mary's church in 1871, and of St. John's in 1873. He was appointed secretary of Bishop Burgess in 1880, nominated for the see of Covington in 1884, and consecrated bishop on 25 January, 1885. Bishop Naes has given much attention to the early history of the Roman Catholic church in the western states. He has published "Life of Reverend Charles Nerinckx" (Cincinnati, 1880), and is a contributor to Roman Catholic periodicals.
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