Tuesday 4 June 2024

Father Kino Priest to the Pimas - Ann Nolan Clark and H. Lawrence Hoffman - Vision Books #59

Father Kino Priest to the Pimas
H. Lawrence Hoffman (Illustrator)
Farrar, Straus & Company, Inc.

Father Kino Priest to the Pimas - Ann Nolan Clark and H. Lawrence Hoffman - Vision Books #59

St. Augustine Academy Press

Father Kino Priest to the Pimas - Ann Nolan Clark and H. Lawrence Hoffman - St. Augustine Academy Press Edition

St. Augustine's HEP

Father Kino Priest to the Pimas - Ann Nolan Clark and H. Lawrence Hoffman - St. Augustine's HEP Edition

This is one of the original 72 Vision Books for Young Readers. The originals were published between 1955 and 1969 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc. Reprints of about half are available from Ignatius Press. This is not one of them. I wrote a piece about the series as a whole, Vision Books for Young Readers, after reading a few and wanting to know more about the series. This one had 2 editions currently in print but not from Ignatius. The description of the book states:

“Among the many brave Jesuit missionaries who explored the early American Southwest, one star shines Padre Eusebio Franciso Kino, a native of the Italian Tiröl. Though he dreamed of following St. Francis Xavier to China, obedience led him instead to Mexico, and his patience and kindness led him to be beloved by all. Here is his story, written by Ann Nolan Clark in 1963 for the Vision Series.”

A description of a different edition states:

“Father Kino, Italian priest from the Tyrol, had lived for the day when he would sail off to a foreign missionary assignment to China, he hoped. He was sent instead to Mexico where his great work was the mapping, exploration, and Christianization of the Pimeda Alta, that vast land in northern Mexico and southern Arizona. He became father and hero to the Pima nations, building 29 missions and baptizing 4,000 Native Americans. The people of Arizona have acknowledged their debt by choosing Father Kino to represent their state in the National Statuary Hall, Washington.”

About the author in a different vision book we are informed:

“Ann Nolan Clark is the author of Secret of the Andes (Newbery Medal, 1953), In My Mother’s House, World Song, Paco’s Miracle, and Medicine Man’s Daughter, among others. She lives in Santa Fe and for many years worked among the Indians of the Southwest as teacher, writer, and school supervisor. Her first Vision Book was Father Kino, Priest to the Pimas.”

I knew nothing about father Kino before beginning this volume. But I can easily state that this is an excellent volume. It gives a clear history of this man, his passion for the missions, and his determination against odds, and multiple failures. I can easily see why this volume is not currently in print. It goes against the current political narrative and political correctness. It is the story of a young man who studies across Europe, but whom felt a great need to follow God’s will and serve in the missions. And though his passion was for China, he followed orders and went first to Mexico, then stays in California, Arizona, and the regions thereabouts. He died just a few years before Saint Junípero Serra was born, who would ultimately see his passion for witnessing to the people of California to fruition. 

Father Kino was beloved by all he ministered to. He was a man of deep faith, but also a priest with a tireless work ethic. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, SJ was a Jesuit missionary who had trained as geographer, cartographer, mathematician and astronomer. He was also a great explorer, often pushing further and further into unexplored territory. The canonization cause of Father Kino is underway with an indication on 11 July 2020, Pope Francis advanced the cause and declared him Venerable. There appears to be a movie about his life starring Richard Egan from 1976. 

This was a fascinating read. Once I started I could hardly put it down. It was amazing to read about this priest’s faith, his passion for ministry, his determination and his amazing work ethic. I can easily recommend this book, no matter which of the editions you track down.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!   

Books by Ann Nolan Clark:
A Santo for Pasqualita
Blue Canyon I!_ orse
In My Mother's House
Little Navajo Bluebird
Magic Money
Medicine Man's Daughter
Paco's Miracle
Secret of the Andes
The Desert People
Third Monkey
World Song

Books in the Vision Books Saints Biographies:
Bernadette, Our Lady's Little Servant 
The Cure of Ars 
Edmund Campion 
Florence Nightingale's Nuns 
Fr. Marquette and the Great Rivers 
Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi 
Kateri Tekakwitha 
Mother Cabrini, Missionary to the World 
Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity 
Saint Anthony and the Christ Child 
Saint Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal 
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 
Saint Elizabeth's Three Crowns 
Saint Francis of the Seven Seas 
Saint Helena and the True Cross 
Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus 
Saint Isaac and the Indians 
Saint John Bosco 
Saint Katherine Drexel 
Saint Louis and the Last Crusade 
Saint Philip of the Joyous Heart 
Saint Therese and the Roses 
Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars 
Saint Thomas More of London 
Vincent De Paul: Saint of Charity 

Out of Print books in the Series:
Brother Andre of Montreal 
Catholic Campuses, Stories of American Catholic Colleges 
Champions in Sports and Spirit 
Children Welcome: Villages for Boys and Girls 
Christmas and the Saints 
Columbus and the New World 
Dear Philippine: Mission of Mother Duchesne 
Edel Quinn: Beneath the Southern Cross 
Frances Warde and the First Sisters of Mercy 
Good Pope John b
Governor Al Smith 
In American Vineyards, Religious Orders in the United States 
Irish Saints 
John Carroll Bishop and Patriot
John Neumann, The Children's Bishop 
Kit Carson of the Old West 
Lydia Longley, the First American Nun 
Marguerite Bourgeoys, Pioneer Teacher 
Martin de Porres, Saint of the New World 
Modern Crusaders 
More Champions in Sports and Spirit 
Mother Barat's Vineyard 
My Eskimos: A Priest in the Artic 
Peter and Paul: The Rock and the Sword 
Peter Claver, Saint Among Slaves
Pope Pius XII, the World's Shepherd 
Rose Hawthorne: The Pilgramage of Nathaniel's Daughter 
Saints of the Byzantine World 
Sarah Peter: The Dream and the Harvest 
St. Augustine and His Search for Faith 
St. Francis de Sales 
St. Gregory the Great, Consul of God 
St. Jerome and the Bible 
St. Margaret Mary, Apostle of the Sacred Heart 
The Bible Story, The Promised Lord and His Coming 
The Cross in the West 
The Ursulines, Nuns of Adventure 
When Saints Were Young 

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