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NORA, Francis, R. C. bishop, born near Vich, Spain, 25 November, 1827. He received his secular and theological education in his native city. In 1854 he volunteered for the California mission under Bishop Amat, by whom he was ordained at Santa Barbara. 19 March, 1856. He displayed great zeal and activity in his clerical work, and, after performing the duties of rector in several churches in the diocese of Monterey, he was appointed to the pro-cathedral of Los Angeles, 1 February, 1863. In 1865 he was appointed vicar-general of the diocese, and on 3 August, 1873, he was consecrated bishop of Nossinopolis inpartibus and coadjutor of Bishop Amat with the right of succession. On the death of that prelate, 12 Nay, 1878, he succeeded to the see of Monterey and Los Angeles. He was present at the 3d plenary council of Baltimore in November, 1884. Bishop Morn has done much to infuse new energy into the Roman Catholic church in Lower California.
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