The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 572
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Catholic Church in the Lower Rio Grande Valley from 1849 to
1883. Father Bernard Doyon, professor of Church History at De
Mazenod Scholasticate in San Antonio, bases his account largely
on unpublished sources, particularly on the correspondence of
the missionaries. It is essentially a narrative of the apostolic efforts
which the Oblates of Mary Immaculate made in bringing religious
consolations to the inhabitants of the area.
While centering their activities in Brownsville the Oblates
early and literally took to the saddle, as the title of the book
implies, and carried the Gospel to hundreds of small settlements
scattered along the Rio Grande and reaching into the interior of
Texas and Mexico.
New undertakings are often difficult and the devoted mission-
aries in Texas experienced a variety of trials. The people were
often unsympathetic, and in the beginning even antagonistic;
the authorities in Mexico were hostile; the ravages of war and
yellow fever took a heavy toll. Because of these and other trials
there was even serious question of withdrawing the priests al-
together. This problem centering about honest differences of
opinion, human frailties, timidity, and the shortsightedness of
those charged with the direction of the undertaking is skillfully
and sympathetically handled by the author.
Students interested in religious history and particularly in the
growth and development of the Catholic Church in Texas, will
find Father Doyon's book engaging and generally well done. The
author has produced a book easy to read which covers the subject
adequately. Fuller sketches of the character of some of the indi-
vidual priests would undoubtedly add to the human interest value
of the book. The switching of tenses is sometimes annoying; the
italicized French, Spanish, and Latin expressions in the text
distract the reader without either improving the meaning or the
The many church spires which dot the Lower Rio Grande
Valley today give mute testimony to the success of the work of
the Oblates. An explanation of the origin of these spires can be
found in Father Doyon's book which will be hailed as an impor-
tant contribution to the history of the church in Texas.
St. Mary's University
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