1872-1884Origination : Catholic Church. Diocese of Natchitoches (La.)
Diocese of Natchitoches Collection (DNC), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
Testament of Bishop Augustus Mary Martin, 1 May 1872 (French); printed letter from Bishop Martin approving the Catholic Militant Union of the Cross; obituary clipping "The Late Rt. Rev. A.M. Martin, Bishop of Natchitoches"; Succession of Bishop Martin, deceased, Bishop Francis Xavier Leray, executor, December 1880; and a document written by Bishop Leray commending Rev. Celestine Mahé and releasing him for a five-month leave of absence in his native country, circa 1884 (Latin).
The Diocese of Natchitoches was established in 1853 with Augustus Mary Martin as its first bishop (1853-1875) and Francis Xavier Leray as its second bishop (1876-1883) and administrator apostolic (1883-1885). The name of the see was changed to the Diocese of Alexandria in 1910.