The Catholic Church In Mississippi During Colonial Times

By B. J. Barkers In the month of December, 1540, De Soto entered the State of Mississippi, somewhere near the site of the present city of Columbus. For about five months he wandered through the wild woods of Mississippi, when he left the State to cross the mighty river, near where Memphis now stands. It is an historical fact that several priests, secular and regular, accompanied the army of De Soto. They acted as chaplains to the soldiers, but their great number shows that it was their intention also to preach the Gospel to the natives. Did they hold Catholic …

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