God's Warrior: Father Albert Braun, OFM, 1889-1983, Last of the Frontier Priests

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Sunstone Press, 2011 - Mescalero Indians - 574 pages
Fellow priests called his ministry "just short of a miracle." A superior castigated him as "an adventurer," Apaches and migrant Mexicans claimed him "one of us." To his fellow soldiers he was "a man's man." Of himself he chuckled, "I've been in mischief all my life." He was Father Albert Braun, OFM, in turn mule-headed, explosive, or penitent. Vigorously outspoken, he once charged a group of august bishops to "get off your butts and out among the people." His sense of duty was profound, his humor crusty. He arrived in New Mexico as missionary to the Mescalero Apaches just after Pancho Villa's raid, was a highly decorated chaplain in both World Wars, and after World War II he participated in the top-secret birth of the first hydrogen bomb on a south Pacific atoll. Drawing on archival and military records, letters, memoirs, and interviews, Dorothy Cave chronicles the amazing life of this last of the frontier priests from his birth in the lusty, brawling California of 1889, to his death and burial in 1983 in the church he built for his beloved Mescaleros. This book is at once a biography and a kaleidoscopic history of the tumultuous times in which he lived. From it there emerges the inspiring saga of a man who changed thousands of lives with faith, humor, dedication, and a generous dash of pure hard-headed cussedness. Dorothy Cave spent much of her childhood exploring with her geologist father the isolated villages and mountains of northern New Mexico, a practice she continues today. Although her formal education was at Agnes Scott College and the Universities of Colorado and Wyoming, she feels her true education has come from these remote but rapidly vanishing hamlets and pueblos and from the soil-rooted wisdom of those who live in them. Cave has traveled widely, danced with the Atlanta Ballet, acted, and taught. She is the author of two histories: "Beyond Courage," which won the New Mexico Presswomen's Zia Award, and "Four Trails to Valor," both from Sunstone Press. Her two novels, "Mountains of the Blue Stone" and "Song on a Blue Guitar" were also published by Sunstone Press. Cave served as historical consultant for two documentary films: "Colors of Courage," produced by Scott Henry and E. Anthony Martinez for the University of New Mexico's Center for Regional Studies; and for Aaron Wilson's award-winning "A New Mexico Story," based largely on her "Beyond Courage." She appears in both films as narrator/commentator. "Beyond Courage" also inspired composer Steven Melillo's musical opus of the same title, acclaimed on two continents.
 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
15
The House That John Built
27
The Challenge
36
Father Albert Braun OFM 18891983 Courtesy of Saint Josephs Apache Mission
43
THE FRONTIERSMAN
47
Indian Country
56
A cluster of agency buildings ca 1916 at Mescalero Courtesy of Dick Mackey
65
Men and Braves
66
The Mexican Adventure
208
Apache Cathedral
231
The construction site was a magnet for small boys One of the Mackey children stands
235
Bishop Anthony J Schuler dedicates Saint Josephs on 4 July 1939 amid the still
250
GODS WARRIOR
257
Combat Padre
280
Ihe guns of Corregidor are silent now Some still lie in quiet ruins Courtesy
309
Sky Pilot in Hell
310

a Padre on Horseback
75
Shanta Boy center flanked by relatives Courtesy of Department of Special Collections
79
MescaleroApache Crown Dancers Courtesy of SIAM
98
THE ADVENTURER
101
Lieutenant Albert Braun Chaplain U S Army World War I Courtesy of SIAM
106
View of the main street at Cunel Meuse in the sector in which Father Al found himself
117
The Impossible Dream
118
THE BUILDER
125
Barbershop Break Eric Tortilla cuts Robert Geronimos hair as the foundation is laid
136
Padre at Large
146
Slowly the walls of Saint Josephs rise as funds and weather allow Courtesy of SIAM
151
Unloading rock from the old truck Father Al and Tony cannibalized from two This
164
Roadblocks and Detours
166
Return to the Mountain Gods
182
A group of exiled novices from warm southern Mexico shiver in unaccustomed snow
187
Conclusion of a successful turkey hunt early 1930s On the left are Papa and Mama
203
Booklet given Father Albert in Mindanao prison camp Courtesy of Archives
327
Sentimental Journey
343
Operation Sandstone
372
OLD SOLDIER
389
New Directions
391
Brick by Brick
409
Mission Accomplished
432
Lighter Duty
446
Impatient Patient
466
Warriors Return
489
THE LEGEND
495
NOTES
505
REFERENCE LIST
543
INDEX
553
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