Father Francis de Sales Brunner (1795–1859)

Brunner was born and died in Europe, but in between he joined and planted in America the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, whose priests and sisters played a pivotal role among the German population of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Archbishop Purcell invited Brunner and his comrades to Ohio in 1843; among the parishes that owe their foundation to Precious Blood fathers are many in the "Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches."


Catholic Encyclopedia * Missionaries of the Precious Blood