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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, August 01, 1904, Image 11

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trees and offered up the Holy Sacrifice in God's first temple.
On one occasion the Bishop confirmed a large number of
people in the beautiful grove adjoining the home of Charley
Quapaw, at that time head chief of the tribe. The work soon
became too great for one person, and the Muskogee mis
sionary found a most valuable co-laborer in Father Willibrod,
of the Order of St. Benedict. In spite of strorig opposition
on the part of the adopted Indians, the Quapaws set apart
forty acres of land for their church. In the council in which
the grant was made, Buffalo Calf, one of the leading spirits
said: I do not care much for the white man's religion, and I
will not consent to give land to any church except the Catholic
Church. I am willing to give land to that Church' because it
is Church."
Through the generosity of Rev. Mother Katharine-Drexel,
a comfortable church, school and presbytery were erected,
and a day school was begun, with Mrs. Alice Valliere as tea-'
cher. The need for a resident priest soon became so apparent'
that the Rev. Dennis Van Huffel was? installtd as pastor, and
Sinters of St. Joseph from Muskogee took charge of the
school. The mission was very poor and difficult to care for,
and it seemed impossible for anyone to endure the hardships
long. For a time the mission was in charge of a very active
missionary the Rev. Edward Reynolds. He was succeeded
by Father Edward van Waesberghe, who made an heroic ef
fort to conquer the difficulties which beset his path. In fact,
he succeeded in keeping his post for several years, when a
serious illness rendered it necessary for him to be transferred,
and the school to be discontinued. Father Herenthals was
next placed in charge, and to his efforts is due a very credit
able church in the town of Miami, just outside the reservation,
built with a view to accommodating the Catholics of neigh
boring Indian Tribes.
By time and perseverance difficulties are overcome and
great things achieved. The labors of so many priests, to
gether with his own prudence, ability and unconquerable

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