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John Baptist Miège

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John Baptist Miège, S.J. (September 18, 1815 – July 21, 1884), was a Jesuit prelate and missionary. In addition to a career in education, he served as Vicar Apostolic of Kansas from 1851 to 1874. Early life Miège was born in a house called La Forêt, in the village of Mercury (close to Albertville), in the Duchy of Savoy as the youngest son of a wealthy and pious family. At a young age he was committed to the care of his brother Urban, who was director of the diocesan seminary of Moûtiers. After completing his literary course at age 19, he was dissuaded from a career in the army and remained at Moûtiers for two years, studying philosophy. On October 23, 1836, Miège entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits) at Milan, and professed his first vows on October 15, 1838. In 1840 he became chief disciplinarian at the Jesuit boarding school in Milan. He was briefly stationed at Chambéry f
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