- Patrick Foley
Antoine, Père (18 November 1748–19 January 1829), Roman Catholic priest, was born Francisco Antonio Ildefonso Moreno y Arze at Sedella, in Granada, Spain, the son of Pedro Moreno and Ana de Arze. As a young man he entered the Capuchin branch of the Franciscans, a segment of the Franciscan order established by Matteo di Bassi of Urbano, Italy, in 1525. Antonio de Sedella studied with and received his spiritual formation under the Capuchins of the Spanish province of Castile and during that period apparently earned a doctorate in theology. After spending a few years in Central America and then teaching theology back in Sedella, in 1779 he responded to a request from the bishop of Santiago de Cuba, who then held ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Louisiana, for missionary priests for Louisiana. Antonio de Sedella served as a Capuchin priest in New Orleans from January 1781, at the age of thirty-two, until his death forty-eight years later. Thus, although he was an Andalusian Spaniard, he is most prominently known for his labors among the city’s predominantly French-Catholic population, and for that reason, his French appellation, Père Antoine, has prevailed in the historical record....