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Friday, June 27, 2014

27 June 1818 A.D. James Lloyd Breck Born--Episcopal Cleric & Missionary

27 June 1818 A.D.  James Lloyd Breck Born--Episcopal Cleric & Missionary

James Lloyd Breck (June 27, 1818 – April 2, 1876) was a priest, educator and missionary of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.


Early life and education

Breck was born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He attended high school at the Flushing Institute, founded by William Augustus Muhlenberg, who inspired him to resolve at the age of sixteen to devote himself to missionary activity. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1838 and a B.D. from the General Theological Seminary in 1841.[1]


In 1842, by then a deacon in the Episcopal Church, he went to the frontier of Wisconsin with two classmates, under the direction of Bishop Jackson Kemper, to found Nashotah House, intended as a monastic community, a seminary, and a center for theological work. It continues today as a seminary.[2] Breck was ordained into the priesthood later that year by the Missionary Bishop, Jackson Kemper at the Oneida Indian settlement 150 miles north of Nashotah.[3]

Breck (right) with Enmegahbowh (The Rev. John Johnson) (left) and Isaac Manitowab (center).

In 1850 Breck moved to Minnesota where he founded schools for boys and girls such as Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and the Seabury Divinity School at Faribault, Minnesota. He also began mission work among the Ojibwa.[4] On June 23, 1850, on top of Grandad Bluff, Breck celebrated the first Episcopal[5] Eucharist in the La Crosse area.[6]

In 1867 he moved to Benicia, California to build another two institutions.[7]

Breck was known as "The Apostle of the Wilderness".[8]


Breck died in Benicia in 1876. He was buried beneath the altar of the church he served as rector but later his body was removed and reinterred on the grounds of Nashotah House in Nashotah, Wisconsin. The recommittal service there had 14 bishops, around 100 priests and numerous lay people in attendance.[1][9]


Breck School was established in 1886 in Wilder, Minnesota.


1.       ^ Jump up to: a b c Hein, David, and Shattuck, Gardiner H., Jr., The Episcopalians, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2004, pp. 172-174 ISBN 0-313-22958-9

3.       Jump up ^ Nashotah Scholiast Vol.4 No.2, 1886, p. 28-30

5.       Jump up ^ Goldstein, Norm, editor, Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2000, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing, pp. 84-85.

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