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John W. Carven C.M.


In anticipation of Bishop Alain de Solminihac’s beatification, fourteen letters between the bishop and Vincent de Paul are presented. Written between April 1650 and July 1653, they are centered on four main topics. These are: the (successful) campaign for the Holy See’s condemnation of Jansenism; the need for a devoted episcopacy in France and the search for Bishop de Solminihac’s successor; the seminary of Cahors and the education of the bishop’s priests; and finally, his requests for help with problems in his diocese. These included a shortage of priests, conflicts with local government, and a priests’ union that opposed him.