Catholic Missions

Mary on January 17th, 2011

Five Catholic missions were established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s.  I visited four during my exploration of this historic Texas city.  Catholic missions are part church, part farm, and part fort, and were established to expand Spanish influence north from Mexico. They are found throughout the American Southwest. San Antonio de […]

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Mary on December 30th, 2010

San Antonio is full of sites that fit my personality perfectly. It has history and interesting architecture at The Alamo and Catholic missions, cool neighborhoods to explore on foot, shopping with a local flair at El Mercado, and natural creations at the botanical garden. This city meets all my needs, and this trip ranks as […]

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Mary on July 14th, 2010

The White Dove of the Desert, aka Mission San Xavier del Bac, is one of the many Catholic missions in the American Southwest. It’s part of a series of missions trailing north into Arizona from Mexico. The White Dove was founded by Franciscan friars in the late 1700s, and continues as an active Catholic church […]

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