Louis Desiré Maigret

Louis Desiré Maigret

Louis Désiré Maigret, SS.CC., (September 14, 1804June 11, 1882), served as the first vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Sandwich Islands; now the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. Born in Maille, France, Maigret was ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on September 23, 1828 at the age of 24. As part of his missionary work, Father Maigret sailed to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i to help build its Catholic community of native Hawaiians. When the Vicar Apostolic of Oriental Oceania, Msgr. Etienne Jerome Rouchouze, SS.CC., was lost at sea on board the ill-fated Marie Joseph, the Holy See appointed Father Maigret as the first vicar apostolic of the Sandwich Islands on September 11, 1846 at the age of 42. He was officially ordained as a bishop of the titular see of Arathia (Arad) on November 28, 1847 at the age of 43. As bishop Maigret oversaw the construction of what would become his most lasting legacy, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. After his death, Msgr. Maigret was entombed in the crypt below the sanctuary.

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