Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget (1763–1850)Benedict Flaget Statue

First bishop of Bardstown, 1808–1850

A native of France, Flaget was ordained a Sulpician priest at Issy, where Fr. Gabriel Richard was superior at the time. He sailed to the United States accompanied by Fathers J.B.M. David and Stephen Badin. Named bishop in 1808, Flaget was consecrated for the Diocese of Bardstown by Archbishop John Carroll in 1810.


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