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Foreign Missions

 Collection — Container: foreign missions
Identifier: US-PV-Mis Off-##dvj

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Administrative files - includes historical notes 1931-1977, records of the Mission Board of Administration - meeting notes, financial reports 1950-1966; Brochures "Cartes Missionaires" Dec 1940, Feb 1941; Conseil de Regie Missions (Board of Rule) reports 1957-1963, Provincial correspondence 1933-1968. Also includes the following publications: "Missions Saint-Viateur Bulletin de Nouvelles 1949, "Missions St. Viateur" Montreal 1958, 1960, 1967, and "Viatorian Foreign Missions - a Monthly News Bulletin" 1951, 1954 and a resource booklet "A Missionary Index of Catholic Americans" 1946 Series 2: India - (research compilation of Fr. Bernard Mulvaney) includes historical notes, maps, resources - Querbes correspondence 1844-1853; Series 3: Manchuria - includes brochures 1931-1946; concentration camp article 1941-1943; photographs 1933; PR, scapbook of photos c1936; and memories 2016; Series 4: Ivory Coast (Africa) - includes correspondence, photographs, and PR; Series 5: Peru - includes background resource materials and PR; Series 6: Chile - includes correspondence 1960-1968, PR and resource materials Series 7: Haiti - includes correspondence 1968-1969 and PR Series 8: Mexico - Also included is correspondence and resource materials regarding the consideration of Mexico as a possible mission in the early 1960s, before the decision to go to Colombia and correspondence 1962-1969 and resource materials 1961-1967 for the Intercultural Formation Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico Series 9: Mission Secretariat -an office of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, located in Washington DC. The records include correspondence 1950-1958; annual conference meetings 1955-1960; newsletter publication "Washington Service" 1957-1959; mission resource materials 1958; and papal mission resource materials 1963-1965, 1974 Box 1 of 3: Administrative files Box 2 of 3: minimal collection of records about each of the missions - India, Manchuria, Ivory Coast, Peru, Chile, Haiti, Mexico Box 3 of 3: Mission Secretariat records,


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Biographical or Historical Information

A papal request in 1927, to send religious to foreign countries for mission work, led to the 20th century missions of the Viatorians. (Our founder, Louis Querbes, answered the call to mission work in the 19th century.) The Province of Montreal answered the call in Manchuria with an emphasis on education and formation of youth. The first 4 men were chosen and arrived in Manchuria in 1931. In 1933, 5 more men were sent including 2 U.S. Viatorians, Frs. Roger Drolet and John J. Ryan. The mission work of the Viatorians in Manchuria came to an end in Nov. of 1953, when they were expelled by the Chinese government. India 1844-1852 of Manchuria 1931-1953 Japan 1948- Formosa (Taiwan) 1953- Ivory Coast, Africa 1955- Chile 1957- Peru 1960- Colombia 1961-

Note written by Booklet: Viatorian Missions - 25 years of Mission Apostolate 1931-1956;


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Repository Details

Part of the Viatorian Community Archives Repository

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