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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 Revival and Transnational Catholicism

Missionary Revival and Transnational Catholicism

(p.89) 3 Missionary Revival and Transnational Catholicism
Fathers on the Frontier

Michael Pasquier (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how French missionary priests extended the global missionary revival of the nineteenth century to the United States. French missionary priests retained strong connections to Catholics in their homeland and exhibited a reluctance to trust the future of the Catholic Church in the United States to anyone other than European ecclesiastics. A study of the transnational epistolary and literary culture that developed between priests in America and France demonstrates the desired image of life as a missionnaire étrangère among Protestants and Native Americans, an image that only partly matched actual experiences of missionary life but that nonetheless appealed to the imaginations of young men interested in becoming missionaries.

Keywords:   French missionaries, transnational, missionary revival, priest recruitment, missionary literature, Native Americans, Protestants

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