The Viatorian Community Archives recently acquired a dissertation titled “The Life of Rt. Rev. Joseph Rosati, CM: First Bishop of St. Louis, 1789-1843.” It was written in 1942 by Rev. Frederick John Easterly, MA, as a partial requirement for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
Bishop Rosati was instrumental in bringing the Viatorians from France to St. Louis in 1842. Br. Jim Lewnard, CSV, is currently researching in the archives and writing the history of the St. Louis Mission (1842-1847).