"This well-researched study illuminates the work of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions through the periodical it published from 1902 to 1962. Careful attention to the missionaries who wrote and the natives they wrote about yields impressive results—on the many varieties of missionaries and missionary motives, on the occasional successes and frequent tragedies of native development, and on the depth of human interactions that attended the missionary encounters. Mark Clatterbuck has written an important book on a rich, complex, and compelling subject." Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame
"With a sophisticated blend of religious history, theology, psychology, anthropology and hermeneutics, Mark Clatterbuck explores the meanings of Catholic missionaries’ articles found in their Sentinel. Here are the narratives revealing the missionaries’ complex images ranging from the Indian as the demonic savage, to the Romantic image of the “noble native” culminating in contemporary experiences of Catholic priests in sweat lodges or sharing the pipe. The reader will be treated to nothing short of an elegant writing style. This is a captivating synthesis of narrative and analysis." Christopher J. Kauffman, The Catholic University of America
"This is a lively, well documented account of Catholic missionaries, many of them foreigners to the U.S., alienated from their homes, defensive about their place in this country, ambivalent about the Natives whose souls they fought to save, and sometimes subject to the lure of reverse conversion to Indian ways." Christopher Vecsey, Colgate University
Mark Clatterbuck has been actively engaged in the Christian-Native encounter for more than fifteen years, including teaching and parish work on the Rocky Boy’s Chippewa-Cree Reservation in Montana. He holds a PhD in Religion and Culture from the Catholic University of America. Currently he lives with his wife and two daughters in Lancaster, PA.