In 1857, The French Roman Catholic Religious Order, The Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate, Began Permanent Missionary Work Among The Native Peoples Of British Columbia The Memoirs Of Father Nicolas Coccola, A Corsican Born Oblate Who Arrived In The Province In 1880, Reveal The Complexity Of The Work Carried Out By The Ordinary Missionary Priests.To Date, Historical Scholarship Has Focused On Either Exceptional Missionaries Or Missionary Methodology Consequently, The Numerous In The Field Roman Catholic Priests Who Obeyed The Directives Of The Church And Religious Communities And Who Aimed Simply To Save Heathen Souls Have Remained Obscure As These Memoirs Reveal, The Life Of Such An Ordinary Missionary Was Neither Dull Nor Conflict Free.Coccola Worked In British Columbia For Sixty Three Years Historical Circumstances Forced Him To Engage In A Variety Of Roles Far Beyond His Clerical Duties His Spiritual Charges Remained Primarily The Native Peoples Of The Kootenay Region And, Later, Of The Northwest Part Of British Columbia But As These Areas Of The Province Became Settled And Native Culture Was Disrupted, Coccola Gained A New Constituency When Railway Construction And Mining Enterprises Brought A Large Number Of Workers Of European Origin His Roles Ranged From Arbitrator In Indian White And Labour Management Conflicts To The Unlikely Position Of Director Of An Indian Mid Wife Society.
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