Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Catholicism has existed in the territory now known as Indiana since the latter part of the seventeenth century. Soon after the exploration of the Mississippi by LaSalle, in 1682, the government of France began to encourage the policy of establishing a line of trading posts and missionary stations in the country lying west of the Alleghany mountains. Despite many obstacles missionaries followed these traders for a period of seventy-five years. One of their early posts was established at Vincennes which was the center of activities for the first one hundred years of the institutional life of the Catholic Church in Indiana.
Galvin, Winifred A., "Sixty Years of Pioneer Catholic Education in Indiana 1789-1849" (1939). Graduate Thesis Collection. 162.