It has been eight years since I started working on the history of the Catholic Church in Mississippi. During that time, I have traveled over 30,000 miles, mostly in a 1976 Vega, a surprise or, should I say, a miracle in itself. A number of people helped me, this is my best chance to truly say how much they did for me.
To Bishop Houck for his patience, understanding, and support, a special debt of gratitude is owed. The same holds true for the late Bishop Joseph Brunini. His help was always there, whether in providing information, saying a kind word, or having dinner with a very eager historian who wanted to know everything about what he had done and why. He is truly missed by all who knew him.
The chancery staff was another support throughout. Special thanks are expressed to Father Frank Cosgrove, William Dunning, Tom Clifton, Janna Avalon, Sister Magdalen McNemar, Father William Cullen, Sister Rita DeMatte, Sister Cyrena Harkins, Judy Cannon, Toni Culpepper, Dolly Pepper, Sue Ann Booth, Donna King, Jean Edwards, Molly Hoke, Cindy Wood, Tommie Wash, Fabvienen Taylor, Frances Boeckman, Gwynn Hoge, Kathy Shearer, Rachel Mills, Diane Fuller, and Dorothy Neal.
I received hospitality and assistance in so many places and in so many ways that it is almost impossible to thank everyone. However, some individuals stand out in particular. Thanks are given publicly to Msgr. Noel Foley, Father Thomas Lalor, the late Msgr. Paul Hession, the late Father John Egan, Msgr. Michael Glynn, Father David O'Connor, Father Patrick Farrell, Father Patrick Noonan, Msgr. Paul Canonici, Father Joseph Guidry, Father Aedan Manning, Father Brian Carroll, Father Meyrl Schmit, the late Father Nathaniel Machesky, Father Daniel Nowak, Sister Teresa Finnegan, Sister Paulinus Oakes, Sister June Pemberton, Sister Claudia Murphy, Sister Mary Ann O'Brien, and the late Sister Elizabeth DeMuth for their many kindnesses.
So much research went into this project that inevitably many archives were visited. Special thanks are expressed to the following archivists who truly went out