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By James J. Hennesey

Written through one of many most suitable historians of yankee Catholicism, this publication provides a complete background of the Roman Catholic Church in the US from colonial occasions to the current. Hennesey examines, specifically, minority Catholics and advancements within the western a part of the us, a sector usually ignored in non secular histories.

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Their tasks included hospital nursing, teaching both white and black girls, hospitality for young women who came from France in search of husbands, and care also for "correction girls" sent to the colony. For these services the Company gave the Ursulines a house, eight arpents of land and eight black slaves. Spanish Louisiana lasted for thirty-seven years, from the coming of acting Governor Antonio de Ulloa in 1766 until a two-month interim French regime before the American takeover in 1803. Church jurisdiction passed from Quebec to Santiago in Cuba.

For three years a French fort on Lake Onondaga was the center of missions that reached out also to the Seneca, Cayuga, and Oneida. but the Mohawks remained hostile, and in 1657 secret warnings of impending disaster put the French to flight. The Iroquois mission was resumed again from 1668 to 1686, but results were relatively meager, and many of the Christian Indians moved to Canada. Among them was the Mohawk girl Kateri Tekakwitha, who died in 1680 and was declared "Blessed," the final stage before canonization, by Pope John Paul II in 1980.

Croix (De Monts) Island in Maine's Scoodic river, where Father Nicholas Aubry was chaplain in 1604-5. The main French garrison was across the Bay of Fundy at Port Royal in modern Nova Scotia. Jesuits arrived in 1611, but disputes in the colony and France led to their removal in 1613 to Mount Desert Island off the Maine coast. In September of that year a Virginia captain, Samuel Argall, plundered the French outposts and scattered the missionaries. Jesuit Brother Gilbert du Thet was killed in the attack at Mount Desert.

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