Catholics of San Francisco

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Catholicism has greatly influenced the character of San Francisco, beginning with its origins in California in the mission system, which brought Franciscan friars, Spanish soldiers, and new settlers to these shores. Catholics have been witness to history-making events that have included the 1848 Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake and fire, and the 1918 influenza pandemic. Parishes, schools, hospitals, and charities took shape after the archdiocese's establishment in 1853. The guidance of archbishops, dedication of religious orders, and support of the lay community has made the city named for St. Francis of Assisi into a uniquely Catholic place. The leadership of Catholics in the larger community continues today, enriched by new cultures and traditions.
ISBN: 9780738559483
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Native San Franciscans and Catholic-educated authors Bernadette C. Hooper and Rayna Garibaldi have previously documented the histories of their neighborhoods in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America San Francisco's Mission District and San Francisco's Portola. In this new book, they present Catholic life in San Francisco with a series of seldom-seen images gleaned from many sources, including the Archives for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the De La Salle Institute, parishes, schools, Catholic organizations, and the personal collections of families, making for a unique glimpse into the lives of San Francisco's Catholics.
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