Saving the Heartland: Catholic Missionaries in Rural America

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The Catholic Rural Life Movement of the mid-twentieth century worked to safeguard the future of both farming and faith as its "motor missions" traveled to the heartland, adapting liturgical traditions to rural conditions. The Catholic missionaries joined with other groups, both religious and secular, to improve American farming practices after the "dust bowl" crisis. Simultaneously responding to a perceived crisis of belief, they worked to save the faith from modernist doctrines and to gain rural converts to a religious ...

Saving the Heartland: Catholic Missionaries in Rural America 2002, Northern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780875802916

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