The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon

The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon (HMXMM)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 18.196', W 94° 46.901'

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(September 17, 1886 - November 18, 1957)

A native of France, Marius Etienne Chataignon served in the French army before coming to the United States in 1907. He came to Texas in 1910 to attend St. Mary's Seminary in La Porte. After his ordination, he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary's Cathedral in Galveston in 1911.

Chataignon served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in France during World War I. Appointed chaplain in the U.S. Army Officers Reserve Corps in 1923, he also served with the Texas National Guard, 36th Division. In 1924 he became pastor of Galveston's Sacred Heart Church.

In 1942 "Father Chat, Galveston's soldier priest," as he was fondly known, was promoted to the rank of colonel and served as chief chaplain of the II Corps, 5th Army, in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Pope Pius XII appointed Father Chataignon to the rank of domestic Prelate in 1943. Monsignor Chataignon returned to Sacred Heart Church in 1945 a highly decorated veteran and retired from the army in 1953.

During his years as pastor at Sacred Heart, "Father Chat" was instrumental in the establishment of the Odin High School for Boys which became Kirwin High School, and he organized Boy Scout troops. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.
Marker Number268
Year Placed1991
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission, Msgr. Chataignon Knights of Columbus #9978
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 9:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 326958 N 3242902
Decimal Degrees29.30326667, -94.78168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.196', W 94° 46.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 11.76" N, 94° 46' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-936 Christopher Columbus Blvd, Galveston TX 77550, US
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