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Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870

Michael Pasquier


French émigré priests fled the religious turmoil of the French Revolution after 1789 and found themselves leading a new wave of Roman Catholic missionaries in the United States. This book explores the diverse ways that French missionary priests guided the development of the early American church in Maryland, Kentucky, Louisiana, and other pockets of Catholic settlement throughout much of the trans-Appalachian West. This relatively small group of priests introduced Gallican, ultramontane, and missionary principles to a nascent institutional church in the United States. At the same time, they st ... More

Keywords: Catholic Church, priest, missionaries, slavery, seminary, frontier, transnational, Native American, Protestant, France, United States, Holy See, American South, trans-Appalachian West, French Revolution, American Catholicism, priesthood

Bibliographic Information

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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Michael Pasquier, author
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