Rules and Precepts of the Jesuit Missions of Northwestern New Spain

Rules and Precepts of the Jesuit Missions of Northwestern New Spain

by Charles W. Polzer


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An exceptionally valuable research tool for scholars. The noted Jesuit historian has translated the rules and precepts that governed the mission expansion in the 1600s and 1700s in northwestern Mexico, and has added authoritative commentary to make this work literally a "manual on the missions."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816534807
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Century Collection Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Charles W. Polzer, S.J., has published widely on the life of Padre Eusebio Kino, the seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary in the Pimería Alta, and was instrumental in the discovery of Kino's grave in 1966. Trained professionally in theology, history, anthropology, and philosophy, he employs a useful combination of disciplines to delve into Southwestern studies. Polzer, a founder and associate director of the Southwestern Mission Research Center, in 1972 was named ethnohistorian of the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents

A Word From the Author ix

Acknowledgments x

Part I Interpretation 1

Terminology and Origins 3

The Jesuit Mission System: Rules and Precepts 13

Rectorates, Cabeceras, and Visitas for the Mission Provinces of Sonora and Sinaloa 33

Jesuit Mission Methodology 39

Part II Rules and Precepts for the Mission Rectorate of San Francisco Borja, Sonora, Mexico 59

Rules for the Government of the Missions As Approved by the Father Visitor Rodrigo de Cabredo, 1610 61

The Regulations Made by the Visitors General for the Whole Province, and by the Provincials for the Missions, 1862 66

Regulations for the Visitors, 1662 76

Regulations of Father Visitor Juan Ortiz Zapata, 1678 81

Regulations of Father Tomás Altamirano, 1679 84

A Letter of Father Provincial Bernardo Pardo Concerning the Manner of Transferring Districts, 1681 87

Regulations of Father Visitor Juan Almonacir, 1681-84 89

Regulations of Father Provincial Juan de Palacios, 1698 90

Three Letters and the Precepts of Father Provincial A. Xardón Written to Father Visitor F. X. Mora, 1710 92

Precepts of Father Visitor General Andrés Luque, 1714 96

Regulations for the Missions And Especially for Sonora, Compiled by Father Alonso de Arrivillaga, 1715 98

A Letter of Father Provincial Gaspar Rodero, 1716 103

A Compendium of Instructions from Father Provincial Joseph de Arjó to Father Juan de Guendulain and Afterward to Father Joseph de Echeverría for the General Visitation of the Missions 105

Precepts Which Were Found in the Missions 115

Precepts of Father Provincial Alexandro Romano 118

Remarks of an Unknown Father Visitor, About 1740 120

Precepts for the Missionaries Following the Decision of Father Provincial Andrés Xavier García and his Consultors, June 25,1747 122

Precepts of Father Francisco Zeballos, 1763 125

Source Abbreviations 128

Selected Bibliography 129

Index 133


Jesuit Mission Rectorates of Northwestern New Spain to 1767 34

Jesuit Missions in Northwestern New Spain to 1767 35


Facade of San Ignacio de Onavas, 1975 2

Ruins of San José del Batuco 38

Bells of San Francisco Borja de Tecoripa 60

Jesuit mission church of San Francisco Xavier del Batuco 80

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