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Joseph Rosati C.M.


Stafford Poole, C.M.


Joseph Rosati accompanied Felix De Andreis on the first mission to the United States from 1816 to 1818. Rosati held many important positions, succeeding De Andreis as superior of the American Vincentians. This first translation of his memoirs covers why the Vincentians were selected to found a seminary in St. Louis and the European part of their journey to America. The discussion of De Andreis’s reasons for accepting the mission and his preparations for it includes a transcription of his own words. The account of the journey describes the hardships the Vincentians faced and the people who helped them along the way.