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Fathers on the FrontierFrench Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870$
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Michael Pasquier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372335.001.0001

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Missionary Experience and Frontier Catholicism

Missionary Experience and Frontier Catholicism

(p.57) 2 Missionary Experience and Frontier Catholicism
Fathers on the Frontier

Michael Pasquier (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter depicts French missionary priests in direct confrontation with their preconceived notions of the United States and as men experiencing life as foreign missionaries for the first time. It is a rendering of missionary life in the trans-Appalachian West and the effects of material deprivation, physical hardship, spiritual suffering, ecclesiastical conflict, and lay obstinacy on the collective performance of the priesthood in frontier settings. During the process of reconciling expectations with experiences, French missionary priests remapped Catholicism in the United States by developing an ecclesiastical network that stretched from Rome to Paris to Baltimore to Bardstown to St. Louis to New Orleans.

Keywords:   French missionaries, frontier, trans-Appalachian, suffering

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