Leopoldine Association

Founded in Austria in 1829 to give help to missions in America; originated in the exertions of Father John Frederic Reze, vicar general of Bishop Fenwick of Cincinnati, and sent by him to Europe to recruit priests. The society, which still exists, was named in honor of Leopoldina, Empress of Brazil, daughter of Francis I of Austria. Pope Leo XII gave it his approval.

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