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De Cheverus Tablet

Artist:

John Francis Paramino

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Tablet

Year:

1925

Medium:

stone

Collection:

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Description:

Jean-Louis-Anne-Magdelaine Lefebvre de Cheverus (1768-1836), a Catholic priest born in France, became a refugee after the Revolution, and emigrated to America in 1796. His service to people of all faiths during the yellow fever epidemic of 1798 was but one example of the charitable spirit that earned de Cheverus wide respect. When he founded the Church of the Holy Cross in 1803, most of the money for its construction was given by non-Catholics. De Cheverus was appointed Bishop of Boston in 1808 and served until his recall to France in 1823. There he was made Cardinal Archbishop of Bordeaux. The stone tablet marks the site of de Cheverus’s residence. It replaces a bronze tablet, commissioned by the City of Boston in 1925.

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