This first general history of American Catholic mission explores not only its institutions but its human and religious aspects as well. It shows how the church in the United States not only sent thousands of men and women overseas but evangelized internally and incorporated missions of immigrants over the course of two centuries. Angelyn Dries offers a thoroughly researched and nuanced view of this history and its profound influence on the emergence of a distinctive American Catholic Identity.
Angelyn Dries, O.S.F., a past president of the American Society of Missiology belongs to the Milwaukee community of Franciscan Sisters. She is an associate professor of religious studies at Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.