Through Fire and Flood: The Catholic Church in Frontier Texas, 1836-1900

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Texas A&M University Press, 1992 - Religion - 284 pages
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The political and military upheaval of 1836 in Texas left Catholics north of the Nueces River cut off from the ordinary ties binding them to the institutions of the church and ushered in an era of reorganization, evangelization, and change unprecedented in the North American Catholic church. James Talmadge Moore engagingly chronicles the history of the Catholic church in Texas from the point at which Carlos E. Castaneda ended his celebrated account up to the present century. Moore deftly integrates local and regional events after the Texas Revolution into the larger social and political history of the young nation and state and shows their relationship to ecclesiastical and philosophical movements in the United States and abroad. He traces the contributions of various religious orders--as missionaries and in establishing schools and hospitals--and shows the evolving institutional complexity of the church as the number of Catholics in Texas grew. Moreover, he shows the character of the people who did the work of the church--many different kinds of people, some courageous and compassionate, others less admirable. All, he concludes, were united in "their effort to live their faith in an unquiet age, an age filled with the incessant motion of unprecedented political and demographic change". With lull access to the Catholic Archives of Texas as well as other archival and primary sources and supplementing these amply with secondary literature, Moore has given a full and extremely readable account of the various facets of this important part of the state's religious and sociopolitical life. Scholars of religious history, Western and Southwestern studies, and Texas history will find it a solidcorpus of information, while those with more general interests will enjoy the lively description of the church, the times, and the people who made them what they were in Texas.

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Contents

A New Beginning
31
The Rt Rev Jean Marie Odin ca 1860 page
33
South wall Mission San Jose de Aguayo San Antonio ca 1865
45
A Bishop in Texas
65
St Marys Cathedral Galveston ca 1860
80
Expanding the Frontier Diocese
82
The Immigrant Catholic
101
The Rev PierreFourrier Parisot 1890
102
The Rev Joseph Querat ca 1865
157
The Diocese of San Antonio
166
The Rt Rev Anthony Dominic Pellicer ca 1875
167
The Rt Rev Jean Claude Neraz ca 1885
176
Rectory Sacred Heart Church Hallettsville ca 1900
182
The Rt Rev Claude Marie Dubuis with missionaries 1863
191
The Rt Rev Pedro Verdaquer ca 1900
197
Changing the Guard in Galveston
200

Facade Mission Conception San Antonio ca 1865
117
The Diocese of Galveston and War
121
The Rt Rev Claude Marie Dubuis ca 1865
128
In Wars Wake
140
The Rev Pierre Richard ca 1865
141
The Rt Rev Nicholas A Gallagher ca 1882
204
St Josephs Infirmary Houston 1887
221
Founding the Diocese of Dallas
222
Interior Sacred Heart Cathedral Dallas ca 1891
229
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