Rev John Dubois (John Dubois)

Rev John Dubois

Educator, Missionary. Born in Paris, France, he was an ordained Priest at the Oratorian Seminary of St-Magloire, when he came to America in 1791. In 1794, he became pastor of Frederick where he built the first church and ministered to Western Maryland. His career as an educator began in 1808, joining the Society of St-Sulpice and opened a school at Emmitsburg, which became there the present Mt. St. Mary’s College. Dubois was also of invaluable assistance, material and spiritual, to Mother Seton, founder of the American Sisters of Charity, established 1809. In October 1826, he was chosen third Bishop of the New York diocese which covered the whole State of New York, half the State of New Jersey, with a Catholic population of about 150,000, eighteen priests and twelve churches. In this position, he spent the rest of life in the expansion of the church’s dioceses. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)


  • August, 25, 1764
  • France


  • December, 12, 1842
  • USA


  • Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral Churchyard
  • USA

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