Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Rosendo Salvado or the Odyssey of a Galician in Australia

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Rosendo Salvado or the Odyssey of a Galician in Australia

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LINAGE, ANTONIO. Rosendo Salvado or the Odyssey of a Galician in Australia. (Published by Xunta de Galicia, 1999. Pp. 237.)

Bishop Salvado (1814-1900), founder and patriarch of New Norcia, is honored not only by the Catholic Church but by the state of Western Australia, which numbers him among its pioneers. As such his career has been thoroughly documented by his admirers. It is to the credit of our present author that his footnotes show familiarity with the writing on his subject.

He approaches the man, however, in a fashion somewhat different from that of the others. Naturally enough, we must say, he lays stronger emphasis on Salvado's origins in Spain, and at that in Galicia, and on his Benedictine life, These emphases add to the figure of a man who deserves to be remembered.

During his few visits to Europe Salvado shows his interest in the important developments among the Benedictines, making the acquaintance, for example, of such leading personages as Prosper Gu6runger of Solesmes and Placid Wolter of Maredsous. He shared the eager missionary spirit of the English Benedictines and more especially of the movement stemming from St. …

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