Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St.Paul, 1840-1962 (Hardback)
  • Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St.Paul, 1840-1962 (Hardback)

Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St.Paul, 1840-1962 (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 15/02/2009
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This is the first narrative history of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, covering the years 1840 to 1962. Historian Marvin R. O'Connell brings to life the extraordinary labors and accomplishments of the French priests who came to the upper midwest territory during the first half of the nineteenth century. Over the next fifty years a flood of settlers, primarily Irish and German Catholics, filled up the land. In 1850 Rome created a new diocese centered in the village of St. Paul, and in 1851 French priest Joseph Cretin was named its first bishop.O'Connell's lively account stresses the social, economic, and political context in which the Catholic Church in Minnesota grew and evolved. He vividly illuminates the personalities of the bishops who followed Cretin, Thomas Grace (1859-84) and John Ireland (1884-1918). Ireland inherited a sophisticated system of churches, schools, orphanages, and hospitals, staffed by orders of religious men and women. Ireland built upon this legacy, founding colleges for men and women, a major seminary, and cathedrals in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ireland's successors, Austin Dowling (1919-30) and John Murray (1931-56), were not as colorful as Ireland, although Murray was immensely popular. William Brady is the final archbishop covered in this book, serving from 1956 to 1961 when he died unexpectedly from a heart attack. O'Connell ends his narrative in 1962, soon after the death of Archbishop Brady and a few months before the first session of Vatican II.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268037291

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