By James Talmadge Moore
During those years the Texas church, just like the remainder of the kingdom, confronted a quick progress in inhabitants (partly from Mexicans fleeing the political and financial turmoil of revolution) and the necessity for an more and more refined organizational constitution. It additionally confronted typical mess ups equivalent to the 1900 Galveston typhoon, the bigotry of the Ku Klux Klan, and the arrival of 2 global wars.
In Acts of Faith, James Talmadge Moore has mined the reviews 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 graphics of the foremost figures, overviews of the real concerns with which the church needed to grapple, and figuring out of social forces that formed this significant institution's development.
A sequel to Moore's Through hearth and Flood, this can be sound institutional history—a examine the establishment as establishment and a desirable chronology of church event. It offers the Catholic church's activities, social stances, and positions on present occasions. Orphanages, faculties, and liturgical practices fill the pages, in addition to the occasions of the bigger society. For the folk 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 recent Texas background, the booklet provides a major chapter.
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However, just prior to World War I, the Paulists at the University of Texas began to search for ways in which Catholic women students there might live in a residence with a Catholic environment. They sought the aid of the Dominican Sisters of Galveston. With the approval of Bishop Gallagher, the Dominicans undertook to erect and operate a women’s dormitory at the Diocesan Development University of Texas. The war was already in progress by the time ground was broken on November , . Student members of the Newman Club were the ﬁrst to swing the pick.
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. Even so, the Jesuits managed to shelter amidst this wreckage about twenty families, including about ﬁfty wounded individuals, during the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.
On Saturday morning, September , , the rising sun revealed a beautiful sight on Galveston Bay. The spray cast by ten- to ﬁfteen-foot waves looked like diamonds in the morning light. A nursing sister at St. 1 The weather producing this beautiful sight at dawn, however, turned violent and deadly by early afternoon as a massive hurricane slowly moved from the Gulf of Mexico onto the Texas coast with its full fury aimed at the island city. That Saturday morning, rumors of a hurricane in the Gulf were circulating as far north as Nacogdoches.
Acts of Faith: The Catholic Church in Texas, 1900-1950 (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas a & M University) by James Talmadge Moore