The Founding of the Roman Catholic Church in Melanesia and Micronesia, 1850-1875
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Drawing upon years of archival research, Ralph Wiltgen provides a unique resource of previously unpublished and unknown detail on the origins of Catholicism in Micronesia and Melanesia from 1850 to 1875. This fine work fills a gap in the broader history of Christianity in Oceania and is essential reading for everyone interested in that history."
--Roger Schroeder, SVD
Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry
Catholic Theological Union at Chicago
"This monumental volume occupies a special place alongside scholarly histories of Pacific missions. Wiltgen presents the story with a level of detail and thoroughness that no other Pacific historian has attempted to match. As year proceeds to year and sometimes month to month, the reader follows the course of mission life in a way that is not possible in the other, more cursory histories. We see how concrete people make an impact on the Catholic missions and how unexpected actors change the course of events. Nowhere else in Pacific mission history can one get this wealth of insight into the people behind the missions as well as into the minds of the missionaries themselves."
--Charles W. Forman
Professor Emeritus of Missions
(from the preface)