After anti-Catholic bigotry surfaced during the American presidential campaigns of the 1920s, three Vincentian priests founded the Motor Missions in Missouri in 1935. They traveled to small towns, asking permission to address the people and explain Catholicism. A popular feature of the missions was the question box through which queries about the faith could be posed anonymously. The article gives many examples of questions that were submitted to show the ignorance and misunderstanding that prevailed at the time, but they also show people’s desire to learn about Catholicism. The staffing and effects of the Motor Missions are described.
Dosen, Anthony J. C.M.
"New Evangelization, New Communities—1930s Style,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 14:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol14/iss1/10