By James Talmadge Moore
During those years the Texas church, just like the remainder of the nation, confronted a speedy progress in inhabitants (partly from Mexicans fleeing the political and fiscal turmoil of revolution) and the necessity for an more and more refined organizational constitution. It additionally confronted ordinary mess ups comparable to the 1900 Galveston typhoon, the bigotry of the Ku Klux Klan, and the arriving of 2 global wars.
In Acts of Faith, James Talmadge Moore has mined the stories of the mostly untapped Southern Messenger, the state's significant Catholic newspaper, for the narrative line. The bills he reveals there shape the root for biographical pictures of the foremost figures, overviews of the real concerns with which the church needed to grapple, and realizing of social forces that formed this significant institution's development.
A sequel to Moore's Through hearth and Flood, this is often sound institutional history—a examine the establishment as establishment and a desirable chronology of church event. It provides the Catholic church's activities, social stances, and positions on present occasions. Orphanages, colleges, and liturgical practices fill the pages, in addition to the occasions of the bigger society. For the folks who learn Moore's previous quantity, this one takes the dramatic tale one other half-century in time. And for somebody who desires a fuller photo of contemporary Texas historical past, the e-book provides an enormous chapter.
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All of this, however, did not compare to the disaster in Galveston. The loss of life, the devastated city, the magnitude of it was hard to imagine. As an institution, the Catholic Church was dealt a severe blow. Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary’s University, both administered by the Jesuit Fathers, made up a complex of buildings covering an entire block. The large church was destroyed and the university buildings severely damaged. A mountain of debris described as about twelve feet high was all that was visible in all directions from where the church had stood.
The Sisters of the Holy Family, an order of African American sisters, had served at Holy Rosary since . The Galveston committee gave Hearst’s entire ﬁfty-thousand-dollar donation to the Protestant orphanage, which the committee maintained was a nonsectarian institution. Catholics protested this action because from their perspective the orphanage was not nonsectarian and also because both St. Mary’s and Holy Rosary served a total of children ( at St. Mary’s and at Holy Rosary) and the Protestant orphanage served only children.
The Dominican Sisters at Sacred Heart Academy, realizing that many parents on the mainland were now hesitant to send their daughters to boarding schools in Galveston, purchased the buildings and grounds of a former Methodist college in Lampasas to be the site of St. Dominic Villa. The Dominicans had wasted no time. On September , , a council meeting in Galveston made the decision to proceed with the purchase, and the superior, Mother Pauline Gannon, aided on the scene by Father Pius A. Heckman and some of his laity, both completed the transaction and dispatched several sisters to live in the facility before the month was out.