Notre Dame to receive Bible of pioneer priest

(File Photo)
(File Photo)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has acquired a Bible once owned by the first Roman Catholic priest ordained in the United States who built a log chapel on land that is now the school’s campus.

A delegation from the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky, is scheduled to be on campus Monday to deliver the Bible of the Rev. Stephen Badin. Notre Dame’s founder, the Rev. Edward Sorin, began building the university 172 years ago on land where Badin built the Log Chapel for his mission headquarters.

The chapel burned down in 1858, but a replica still stands on campus.

The Badin Bible is a three-volume edition published in 1790 and given to Badin at his ordination in 1793, by Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the nation’s first Catholic bishop. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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