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MONTES DE OCA, Ignacio (mon-tes-day-o'-ka), Mexican R. C. bishop, born in Guanajuato, 26 June, 1840. He was sent in 1852 to England, where he received his primary education, returned in 1856 to Mexico to study in the university, and afterward went to Rome, Where he was graduated in theology in 1862. He was ordained in 1863, and, after serving for a short time as parish priest of Ipswich, England, he returned again to Rome, where lie was chaplain of the Papal troods, became a member of the Academy of Arcadians raider the name of Ipandro Acaico, and received the degree of LL. D. in 1865. He returned to Mexico in the same year, was appointed to the parish of Guana-juato, and in 1866 became honorary chaplain to the Emperor Maximilian. After his fall he returned to Rome, was appointed bishop of Ciudad Victoria de Tamaulipas and consecrated by the pope, 6 March, 1871, and went immediately to Mexico to take possession of his see. In 1878 he was transferred to the bishopric of Linares, and in November, 1884, the see of San Luis Potosi was also given him. He is a member of the Royal academy of Madrid and of the Mexican geographical and statistical society, and has published " Poetas Bucelicos Griegos," a version of the Greek original in Spanish verse (Monterey, 1877)" " Oeios Podticos," a collection of poems (1878)" and a Spanish translation of Pindar's odes (1882).
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