Presente! U. S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present

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Through dozens of original documents Presente! offers readers the story of Latino/Hispanic Catholicism from 1534 to the present. From the first mission encounters in the sixteenth century, to Cesar Chavez and the UFW, to the beginnings of mujerista theology in the 1980's this collection offers a unique and indispensable look at the community which has become the largest ethnic component in the American Catholic church today.
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Through dozens of original documents Presente! offers readers the story of Latino/Hispanic Catholicism from 1534 to the present. From the first mission encounters in the sixteenth century, to Cesar Chavez and the UFW, to the beginnings of mujerista theology in the 1980's this collection offers a unique and indispensable look at the community which has become the largest ethnic component in the American Catholic church today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570753282
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: American Catholic Identities Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Colonial Foundations
Introduction 1
1. First Encounters 9
1a. Texas, 1534 10
1b. Florida, 1587 11
1c. New Mexico, 1630 12
2. Testimony on Indian Rebellion in New Mexico, 1681 14
3. Report on Mission Collapse in Florida, 1707 17
4. Pledge to Commemorate Local Patron Saints, San Antonio, 1755 20
5. Bishop's Concerns about Language in New Mexico, 1760 22
6. Inauguration of the Church at Mission Santa Clara, California, 1784 23
7. Guidelines for a Texas Mission, 1786-1787 25
8. A Franciscan View on Secularizing Missions in San Antonio, 1792 27
9. Report on Catholic Life in New Orleans, 1795 30
10. Good Friday Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1821 32
11. Plea to the Bishop of Havana for Support, St. Augustine, 1836 36
12. Accounts of Mission Life in California, 1820s-1840s 37
12a. Eulalia Perez 38
12b. Julio Cesar 41
Part 2 Enduring Communities of Faith in the Southwest
Introduction 45
13. Los Pastores, Monterey, California, 1846 58
14. Holy Week at Santa Barbara, California, 1851 59
15. Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration at Santa Rita, Texas, 1851 65
16. Response to Know-Nothing Attacks, San Antonio, 1855 67
17. Padre Martinez Protests the Actions of Bishop Lamy, New Mexico, 1857 68
18. Feast-Day Processions in Los Angeles 70
18a. Feast of the Assumption, 1857 71
18b. Feast of Corpus Christi, 1858 71
19. Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration at Conejos, Colorado, 1874 72
20. Speech at Colegio de Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1878 73
21. Religious Devotion in Tucson, Arizona 76
21a. Private and Public Devotion, 1882 76
21b. San Isidro Feast Day, 1894 77
22. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day, Ysleta, Texas, 1882 78
23. Pilgrimage to Chimayo, New Mexico, 1890 80
24. Holy Week and Feast Days, Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, ca. 1890s 82
25. Confirmation at Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1902 86
26. La Capilla de Los Milagros, San Antonio, 1907 87
Part 3 Crossing Borders: The Immigrant Experience
Introduction 91
27. Circular Letter Promoting a National Parish at San Francisco, 1871 101
28. Borderlands Catholicism 106
28a. Arizona-Sonora, ca. 1880s 106
28b. El Paso-Juarez, ca. 1910s 107
29. Mexican Immigrants in the Midwest 108
29a. Statement of a Chicago Resident, 1928 108
29b. Letter to the Bishop of Detroit, 1932 109
30. Report on the Religious Conditions of Puerto Ricans in New York, 1951 110
31. Report on Ministry among Puerto Ricans in Chicago, 1955 115
32. Plea for Retaining Puerto Rican Faith Traditions, 1955 117
33. Recollections of Life in Puerto Rico and New York, 1982 119
34. Reflections on the Evolution of Hispanic Ministry in New York, 1982 122
34a. Fiesta de San Juan, 1950s 122
34b. The Cursillo, 1960s 124
35. Narrative of an Immigrant from the Dominican Republic, New York, 1982 125
36. Report on San Juan Bosco Parish, Miami, 1983 128
37. A Honduran Tragedy in New York, 1990 130
38. Testimony of a Salvadoran Refugee, 1991 132
39. Reflections on South American Catholics in the United States, 1997 134
40. Bishop Gonzalez's Message upon His Election as Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1999 138
Part 4 Exiles, Faith, and the Homeland
Introduction 141
41. Description of a Visit with Padre Felix Varela, 1852 151
42. Description of Cuban Catholics in Key West, 1892-1900 152
43. Establishment of a Pious Association at San Antonio, 1925 156
44. Editorial regarding Religious Persecution in Mexico, 1926 159
45. Journey into Exile from Puebla, 1927 160
46. Correspondence of an Exiled Cristero Supporter, Los Angeles, 1932 163
47. Report of Guadalupe Celebration in East Los Angeles, 1934 165
48. Arrival of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Miami, 1961 168
49. A Cuban Deportation Experience, 1961 171
50. Organizing Charter of the Union de Cubanos en el Exilio, 1961 174
51. Obligations of an Exiled Agrupado, 1962 176
52. First Cuban Studies Meeting, 1969 178
53. Exiles Denounce Human Rights Violations in Cuba, 1978 180
54. From Cuban Exile Document, "Cuba, ayer, hoy y siempre," 1982 182
55. Founding of the Christian Democratic Party of Cuba, 1991 183
56. Returning Home: Excerpts from Cuban Exile Document, CRECED, 1993 185
Part 5 Twentieth-Century Struggles for Justice
Introduction 191
57. Dia de la Raza Speech, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1933 199
58. Demand for Spanish-Speaking Clergy, San Diego, 1939 201
59. Protests against Discrimination and Segregation, Texas, 1947 204
59a. Affidavit of Henrietta A. Castillo 204
59b. Letter of Support from the Lay Council for the Spanish Speaking 205
60. Cesar Chavez's Speech on the Mexican American and the Church, 1968 206
61. Catolicos por la Raza 209
61a. Press Release, 1969 210
61b. Announcement of a Communal Fast, 1970 211
62. PADRES 212
62a. Proposal for a National Chicano Church, 1971 212
62b. Circular Letter Promoting the Appointment of Hispanic Bishops, 1978 216
63. Las Hermanas 217
63a. Circular Letter to Prospective Hermanas Members, 1970 218
63b. Presentation on U.S. Bishops' Proposed Pastoral Letter on Women, 1985 218
63c. Reflections on Las Hermanas National Conference, 1991 220
64. Call for Increased Hispanic Leadership in the Archdiocese of New York, 1972 221
65. Cuban Exiles Denounce Archbishop for Discrimination, Miami, 1972 222
66. Reflections on the 1972 Founding of the Mexican American Cultural Center 224
67. Presentation of Puerto Rican Youth, Northeast Regional Encuentro, 1974 226
68. A Laywoman Calls for Justice, Northeast Pastoral Region, 1976 227
69. Bishop Patricio Flores's Address at the Segundo Encuentro, 1977 230
70. Essay on Mainland Puerto Ricans' Aspirations for the Island, 1979 232
71. In Defense of Cuban Prisoners in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, 1986 234
72. Hispanic Deacons' Statement to Cardinal John O'Connor, New York, 1988 238
73. Bishop Zavala's Address on Proposition 187, Los Angeles, 1994 240
Part 6 Contemporary Theological Voices
Introduction 243
74. Conversion: Embracing an Indigenous Heritage 245
75. A Galilean Christology: Mestizaje and the New Humanity 248
76. Immigrant Traditions: The Religion of the Mountains on Fifth Avenue 252
77. Diaspora Theology: Journeying through Exile 254
78. Mujerista Theology: The Struggle for Liberation 257
List of Works Cited 261
Collaborators 269
Index 271
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