Antonio de Sedella

[Antonio de Sedella] Also known as Pere Antoine. Born in 1730 in Spain; died in 1829. Rector of Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana. He became a Capuchin friar, was sent to Louisiana as commissary of the Inquisition in 1779, but was deported by Governor Miro for fear of an uprising. He returned in 1783 as priest of Saint Louis Cathedral where, during his long pastorate, he became the idol of the French population. Worked tirelessly to free women of color and their children. The date-palm sheltering the rude hut in which he lived is the subject of stories by Aldrich, Dimitry, and Lafcadio Hearn.

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