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To Sin No MoreFranciscans and Conversion in the Hispanic World, 1683-1830$
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David Rex Galindo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503603264

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503603264.001.0001

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Recruiting Missionaries

Recruiting Missionaries

(p.71) Chapter 2 Recruiting Missionaries
To Sin No More

David Rex Galindo

Stanford University Press

This chapter focuses on the recruitment of novices and friars to become Franciscan missionaries. To convert the Hispanic world, Franciscan colleges for the propagation of Catholicism had to recruit friars. In this regard, they were highly effective. Throughout the eighteenth century, the colleges became the most successful recruiting force of Peninsular personnel for the Americas in a trans-Atlantic flux that underscores the Spanishness of the propaganda fide institution. The chapter examines how a Franciscan college went about its business of enlisting missionaries by describing the selection process as well as the level of education of novices and friars before admission to a college. It also considers the motivations of the young men and the requirements set by the colleges. It shows that the recruitment of Spanish friars relied on guidelines and templates that appointed commissioners who traveled to Spain on enlistment missions.

Keywords:   recruitment, novices, Hispanic world, Franciscan colleges, Catholicism, propaganda fide, Franciscan missionaries, Spanish friars

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