Recollections of My Life and Reflections on Times and Events During It: A Memoir by Father W. J. Howlett

St. Thomas seminary (KY) opens

"St. Thomas was not impressive in its looks but it did impressive work. Its opening day in Kentucky was June 11, 1811, the day Bishop Flaget was installed in his new diocese that embraced Kentucky, Tennessee and the West and Northwest from the eastern boundary of Ohio to the unexplored regions of the unnamed territories beyond the Mississippi. Bishop Flaget brought his students and professors with him, and temporarily established his seminary on the spot where I now sit (See that rare and priceless volume “Spalding’s Sketches of Ky”) where it functioned for five months until removed to its permanent location on a tract of land donated for the purpose by Thomas Howard, fifteen miles from here and four miles from Bardstown."

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