Today in Texas History – February 16

From the Annals of Rome -In 1927, Arthur Jerome Drossaerts was consecrated as the first archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio in San Fernando de Béxar Cathedral. Drossaerts, a native of Holland, was ordained in 1889 and posted to Louisiana.  He served as a pastor in New Orleans, Broussard, and Baton Rouge. In 1918, Drossaerts was consecrated bishop of San Antonio. Drossaerts built more than sixty churches and fifty schools, the most significant of which was St. John’s Seminary. When the Diocese of San Antonio was made an archdiocese, Drossaerts became its first archbishop.   One of his significant contributions to Texas History was his work to keep the old San Antonio missions alive.

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