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Frederick Eis

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Frederick Eis

Frederick Eis (January 20, 1843 – May 5, 1926) was a German-born Catholic bishop in the United States. He served as Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie-Marquette from 1899 to 1922.


Eis was born in Arbach, then in the Rhine Province of the Kingdom of Prussia, part of the German Empire. He was the youngest of four children of William Eis and Catherine Dietrich.[1] His family emigrated to the United States in 1855, where they first settled at Calvary, Wisconsin, before moving to Minnesota.[2] They eventually settled in Rockland, Michigan, where he was taught Latin and French by a missionary priest, Martin Fox.[3]

In 1861 Eis began his studies for the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.[4] His studies were interrupted by the American Civil War, which prompted Bishop Frederic Baraga to send him to the College of Joliette in Canada to complete his studies.[2] During his final years at Joliette, he taught English, mathematics and commerce.[1]

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On June 7, 1899, Eis was appointed the fourth Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie and Marquette by Pope Leo XIII.[5] He received consecration on the following August 20 from Archbishop Frederick Katzer at St. Peter Cathedral.[5]

During Eis' 23-year tenure as bishop, he led the diocese through the nationalist controversies within the American Catholic community, and founded several charitable institutions and hospitals.[6] He resigned as bishop on July 8, 1922, at which time he was named titular bishop of Bita and an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne by Pope Pius XI.[5]

Eis died at age 83, and is buried in the bishops' crypt at St. Peter Cathedral.[6]


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