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Defining Mission: Comboni Missionaries in North America

Durchholz, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0761814272 / ISBN 13: 9780761814276
Published by University Press of America, 1999
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Hardcover, no dust jacket. Penciling throughout. Foreword by Peter E. Hogan. 353 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 401109

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Title: Defining Mission: Comboni Missionaries in ...

Publisher: University Press of America

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

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Defining Mission, offers a glimpse into the daily life and leadership styles of the members of an Italian religious institute struggling to overcome the obstacles faced in America. Patricia Durchholz provides the historical context and diplomatic negotiations involved as a foreign missionary society works and expands in the North American dioceses in Canada, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Newark and San Diego. She begins before World War II with the diary of Father Edward Mason, a seasoned African missionary, who sought to offer his services to African American parishes to secure a safe haven for Comboni missionaries facing expulsion from Africa. Durchholz continues the story as other Comboni missionaries struggle to adapt to America and pioneer work in ethnic parishes and missions through the 1960s. The author analyzes the successes and failures of this Italian institute serving African Americans, while detailing the political and religious aspects of the community.

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Patricia Durchholz is an independent researcher and writer in Loveland, Ohio.

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