American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic by James J. Hennesey

By James J. Hennesey

Written by means of one of many finest historians of yankee Catholicism, this publication offers a complete heritage of the Roman Catholic Church in the USA from colonial occasions to the current. Hennesey examines, particularly, minority Catholics and advancements within the western a part of the USA, a quarter frequently ignored in non secular histories.

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50 per subject) of six of the thirteen subjects taught. When the University of Michigan began in 1821, Richard was a trustee. From 1823 to 1825 he was the first Catholic priest to serve in the United States Congress, as Michigan's delegate. By then the French period was a memory. Apart from place names, it left no lasting heritage comparable to that of the Spaniards in the southwest. The Indians among whom Jesuits, Quebec Seminary priests, and Franciscans had worked were driven across the Mississippi.

The church wardens then elected the Capuchin as their pastor. Walsh's position was effectively undercut. He died in 1806. The United States had taken over a territory with a church-state tradition substantially different from that which developed under the Articles of Confederation and was continuing to develop under the new Federal Constitution. The superior of the Ursuline convent at New Orleans, Sister Therese Farjon, inquired of both President Thomas Jefferson and Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore what impact the American system would have on the sisters and the property they had received from the previous government.

Situated on the declivity of a hill, the top of which, formed into a square and inclosed with Palisadoes . . " Across a small valley on another hill stood the church and house of the Franciscans. " The soil was poor, rations were primitive. Pages thought the Spanish cavalrymen "half-savage," but admitted they were fine horsemen. 6 Despite the efforts of Margil and others, the mission among the Adaes was not one of the more successful Franciscan ventures. The second major focus in eastern Texas was at San Antonio, where a military post and the mission of San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) were begun in 1718, largely at the urging of Fray Antonio de San Buenaventura Olivares.

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