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John E. Rybolt C.M., Ph.D.


In his introduction to this 1817 letter of Felix De Andreis, John Rybolt notes that it is of particular significance because it is the only one De Andreis wrote while he was in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Rybolt writes, “In this letter his response to the difficulties he faced is typical of the perspective seen throughout his correspondence: redemptive suffering, personal humility against the backdrop of his fame and success in Rome, a reliance on divine providence for the future of his mission.” De Andreis recounts the hardships of the frontier and describes his parishioners and his ministry among them. He also describes the Native Americans, especially their religion and their views of American expansion and Christianity.