By Patrick Foley,Gilbert R. Cruz
In 1822 a tender French missionary priest arrived in the United States, the place he may dedicate the remainder of his existence to the project box on behalf of the Catholic Church. Jean-Marie Odin served first in Missouri and Arkansas, then in 1840 moved to Texas, changing into the 1st Bishop of Galveston in 1847. He held that place of work till 1861, whilst he grew to become Archbishop of recent Orleans.
The two decades he served in Texas have been very important years within the lifetime of the younger republic-turned-state. His existence and profession in this interval permit readers to view, within the phrases of this book’s foreword, “French missionaries and their collaborators treading the virtually unlimited Texas panorama to serve encampments of settlers and to evangelise the Gospel in English, French, Spanish, and German.”
His decade in New Orleans in the course of the Civil battle and Reconstruction spans a interval of vast value to the United States, the quarter, and the Roman Catholic Church. ultimately, in 1870, Odin back to Hauteville, France, and died within the comparable domestic during which he have been raised.
The position of the church in these turbulent instances is published throughout the lifestyles and ministry of Jean-Marie Odin.