The Mustard Seed
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THE MUSTARD SEED
“FROM A FRENCH MISSION TO A PAPUAN CHURCH”
by GEORGES DELBOS
Published in 1985 for the centenary of the founding to the Catholic Church on Yule Island in 1885 this is a very readable and comprehensive history of those 100 years.
Here we have the history of a mission, including the history of the time from popes to rulers, from explorers to geography. It includes the story of our Founder, Fr Jules Chevalier msc, the history of the church in Oceania with Protestants and Papist, missionary from Picpus, Pime, Marists, MSC, SVD and more. We read as interesting background “the stories before the story”, the beginnings, the growth, the expansion; the progress and setbacks, the disasters and disruptions; it is about evangelization, pastoral care, health, education and economics all interwoven with the stories of exploration and politics in an evolving world of colonialists, planters, miners, civil servants and our own missionaries. Valuable reference is made to documents from church and secular sources from Rome to Paris to Papua.
447 pages including index and bibliography, charts and photos.