| Catholic Church|
November 25, 1860
Titular See of Delcus
May 14, 1878
| Pierre Dufal|
December 6, 1879
September 29, 1852
| Vicar Apostolic of Eastern Bengal (1860-1876)
Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross (1866-1868)|
March 14, 1898, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Pierre Dufal Wikipedia
Pierre Dufal, C.S.C. (November 8, 1822 – March 14, 1898) was a French-born bishop of the Catholic Church in Eastern Bengal and the United States. He served as the Vicar Apostolic of Eastern Bengal and as the Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston. He was also the Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Born in the village of Saint-Gervais-d'Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme, France, Pierre Dufal professed final vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross on January 20, 1852 and was ordained a priest on September 29 of the same year. On July 3, 1860 Pope Pius IX appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Delcus and Vicar Apostolic of Eastern Bengal. He was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Joseph-Hippolyte Guibert of Paris on November 25, 1860. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops Jean-Jacques Nanquette of Le Mans and Célestine Guynemer de la Hailandière of Vincennes, Indiana. Dufal was assigned as the Superior General of Congregation of Holy Cross on August 25, 1866 and resigned the position two years later on July 19. He participated in the First Vatican Council (1869-1870) as one of the council fathers. His resignation as the Vicar Apostolic of Eastern Bengal was accepted by Pope Pius on July 28, 1876. Pope Leo XIII assigned Dufal as the Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston on May 14, 1878. His resignation for reasons of health was accepted by Pope Leo on December 6, 1879. Dufal retired to the house of his congregation at Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, where he died on March 14, 1898 at the age of 75.