Alphonse Joseph Glorieux

Alphonse Joseph Glorieux

Alphonse Joseph Glorieux

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Bishop Alphonse Joseph Glorieux (February 1, 1844–August 25, 1917) was a Belgian missionary Roman Catholic bishop, who served as the first bishop of Boise, Idaho.

Beginning in Belgium

Glorieux was born on 1 February 1844 to a Belgian family in the commune of Dottignies, in what is now the municipality of Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium. As a young man, he entered the seminary, specifically The American College of the Immaculate Conception in Louvain, with intent to go to the American missions. He was ordained a priest on the 17 August 1867, and was sent to the United States.

Ministry in the United States

Glorieux made his way west, and took a position as first president of St. Michael's College, a school for boys that opened in Portland, Oregon in 1871. On 7 October 1884, he was appointed vicar apostolic of the Idaho Territory, after an eight year interregnum following the resignation of fellow Belgian Louis Aloysius Lootens as vicar apostolic. He was consecrated bishop on 19 April 1885 in the Baltimore Basilica of the Assumption, while attending the Third Council of Baltimore.

The diocese of Boise was erected on 25 August...
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