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Bishop Theophile Meerschaert

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1 Kelly Fanning = "Bishop Theophile Meerschaert was the first bishop of Oklahoma, which became a state in 1907 during his tenure. From the History of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Oklahoma CitySt. Francis of Assisi Parish HistoryIn 1904, the Vatican empowered the Bishop of Oklahoma, Theophile Meerschaert, to build a “fitting and commodious” residence on what was then known as the Walch Family farm.  Complete with chapel and offices, it was the first residence built for a Catholic bishop.  Catholics came by horseback and covered wagon to gather at the Bishop’s chapel for Sunday Masses.  The building, dedicated in 1906, and has been declared a landmark by the City of Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Society.  Bishop Meerschaert occupied the residence until his death in 1924.  Bishop Kelley stayed in the residence until 1932."