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GOESBRIAND, Louis de, R. C. bishop, born in St. Urbain, France, 4 August, 1816. He studied the classics at Quimper and Pont Croix, Finisterre, and theology in the seminary of Quimper, and that of St. Sulpice, Paris. After his ordination in 1840 he resolved to devote himself to the American mission, and sailed for the United States the same year. Between 1840 and 1847 he was occupied with missionary duties in the diocese of Cincinnati. He was next appointed vicar-general of the diocese of Cleveland and rector of the cathedral. When the see of Burlington was created in Vermont, he was nominated its first bishop. He entered upon his office in 1853, and at once set about building up the diocese. He obtained several priests from Europe, and introduced the sisters of Providence, who established a school, and took charge of the orphans. He also established convents and schools of the Sister's of Mercy, Sisters of St. Joseph, and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady, opened schools in Winooski, Burlington, and Rutland, and built a fine Gothic cathedral. During his administration the Churches in the diocese have increased from 8 to 71, while the number of Catholics has nearly doubled.
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