University of Notre Dame

Napoleon Joseph Perché Papers


Origination : Perché, Napoleon Joseph, 1805-1883.
Extent : 1 linear foot
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Acquired by James F. Edwards in the 1890s from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Preferred Citation

Napoleon Joseph Perché Papers (PRC), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Chiefly letters received by Joseph Napoleon Perché and papers that had come into his possession, including documents concerning the controversy over the foundation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in the early 1830s, involving the founder, Saint Euphrasie Pelletier, and Basil Anthony Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross; also handwritten booklets of notes and instruction, 1824-1831, concerning moral theology, the service of God, contrition, Baptism, and Holy Scripture. Generally in French, with some typewritten English abstracts or paraphrases.


Napoleon Joseph Perché, born in Angers, France, 10 January 1805, served as a priest in the Dioceses of Angers (1829-1837), Bardstown, and New Orleans (1837-1870). In 1870 he became coadjutor bishop and then Archbishop of New Orleans.


Perché, Napoleon Joseph, 1805-1883
Pelletier, Marie de Sainte Euphrasie, Saint, 1796-1868
Moreau, Basile-Antoine-Marie, 1799-1873
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Catholic Church -- Bishops -- Correspondence
Christian ethics
Bible and tradition

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