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Notre Dame receiving Father Badin's Bible

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NOTRE DAME - The University of Notre Dame is getting the Bible once owned by Rev. Stephen Badin. He was the priest who Notre Dame's founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., based the University on 172 years ago.

Father Badin’s Bible was purchased from the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky.  It will be hand delivered today during a mass in the Log Cabin, where Father Badin in buried.

Father Badin was the first Catholic priest ordained in the US. He served as a missionary for Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. In 1831, he built the Log Chapel for his mission headquarters on the site where its replica stands today. The original burned down in 1858.

“Notre Dame’s acquisition of the Badin Bible will link Father Badin’s Kentucky home with his Indiana one, and his early ministry as a priest with his final resting place,” said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. “Far beyond the campus connection, however, Badin’s Bible represents a number of historic firsts in American Catholicism. This is a real treasure that will benefit the teaching and research of historians and Bible scholars at Notre Dame and beyond.”

The Bible will be on display in the Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the main floor of the Hesburgh Library during the fall semester. “The Badin Bible will be one of the most significant additions to the collection of Catholic Americana held in the Rare Books and Special Collections department of the Hesburgh Libraries,” said Catholic Studies librarian Jean McManus. “The later work of Stephen Badin, as a missionary to the Middle West, connects this Bible to the University of Notre Dame.”

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