Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928

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Joseph M. Cataldo was born March 17, 1837 in Terrasini, Sicily. His youth was marked by frail health and multiple family relocations particularly in response to the 1848 pan-European political turbulence, felt in Sicily as well. In 1852, at the ripe age of 15, he petitioned to join the Sicily Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), based in nearby Palermo. His early training was interrupted by more bad health and removal to Rome in 1860 due to the success of Garibaldi's Sicilian campaign. In 1862, while studying for the priesthood in Louvain, Belgium, Cataldo requested a post-ordination assignment to the Jesuits' Rocky Mountain Mission already established in the Pacific Northwest. Prevailing over the impediments of more weak health, Fr. Cataldo finally arrived at the Jesuits' Sacred Heart Mission in north Idaho in October, 1865.

From the description of Joseph Cataldo, S.J. papers, 1862-2006. (Graham Public Library). WorldCat record id: 476910906

Fr. Cataldo's appointment as Superior of the Jesuit Rocky Mountain Mission came in 1877, while concluding his efforts to mediate hostilities in the Nez Perce uprising of that same year. The organization he now led had been engaged in missionary activity in the Pacific Northwest for 36 years, and consisted of 38 men, of whom 20 were ordained priests and the remaining 18 were non-ordained assistants, or "coadjutor brothers." Chronically underfunded and understaffed, the Mission faced a bleak future, with many hardship-worn, aging members and no potential new recruits. By 1893, sixteen years later, his replacement inherited an organization totalling 136 men, of whom 54 were priests, 36 were brothers and no less than 46 young Jesuit aspirants in training. This remarkable growth reflects both Cataldo's forceful leadership and the fact that his tenure paralled a transformative phase of settlement in the American West.

From the description of Mission Superior Cataldo records, 1877-1893. (Graham Public Library). WorldCat record id: 539624849

Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S.J., was born near Palermo, Italy in 1837, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1852. After his ordination in 1862 he was sent to Boston, MA to continue his studies and to prepare himself for service in the Indian missions of the Rocky Mountains. His first assignment was in California, and in 1865 he came to the Pacific Norhtwest, traveling via the Mullan Road to the Coeur d'Alene Mission, ID. Throughout the next sixty years Rev. Cataldo established or served at missions and churches in Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana, northeastern Oregon, Alaska, and California. He started the first Catholic Church in Spokane, 1881, and founded Gonzaga University, 1887, also in Spokane.

From the description of Correspondence, 1911, 1918. (Eastern Washington State Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 42686988

Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S.J., was born near Palermo, Italy in 1837, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1852. After his ordination in 1862 he was sent to Boston, MA to continue his studies and to prepare himself for service in the Indian missions of the Rocky Mountains. His first assignment was in California, and in 1865, he came to the Pacific Northwest, traveling via the Mullan Road to the Coeur d’Alene Mission, ID. Throughout the next sixty years Rev. Cataldo established or served at missions and churches in Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana, northeastern Oregon, Alaska, and California. He started the first Catholic Church in Spokane, 1881, and founded Gonzaga University, 1887, also in Spokane.

From the guide to the Joseph Benjamin Mary Cataldo, S. J. Correspondence, 1911, 1918, (Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives)

Jesuit missionary and administrator in the Pacific Northwest.

From the description of Father Joseph Cataldo letter, 1913 February 16. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 68486400

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referencedIn Partoll, Albert John, 1904-. Father Cataldo -- blackrobe / by Albert J. Partoll. Missoula Public Library
creatorOf Crandall, Lulu D. Papers, 1895-1929. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Joseph Benjamin Mary Cataldo, S. J. Correspondence, 1911, 1918 Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928. Prayer book, [1887?] University of Idaho Library
creatorOf Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895. James Constantine Pilling letters, 1881-1894. Newberry Library
referencedIn Monteith, John B. Monteith Family Papers, 1871-1928. Spokane Public Library, Downtown Branch
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Benjamin Mary, S. J., 1837-1928. Correspondence, 1911, 1918. Eastern Washington State Historical Society
referencedIn McGrane, Frank, 1861-. Memories of Frank McGrane, Sr. : typescript, [194-]. University of Idaho Library
referencedIn O'Malley, Michael, S.J. Papers, 1905-1928. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn St. Joseph's Mission (Slickpoo, Idaho). Records, [1867]-[1964?] University of Idaho Library
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928. Letter : to Forest Supervisor, Saint Maries, Idaho, 1918. University of Idaho Library
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928. Father Joseph Cataldo letter, 1913 February 16. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928. Mission Superior Cataldo records, 1877-1893. Gonzaga University, Foley Center Library
referencedIn Lulu Donnell Crandall Papers, 1895-1929 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Cataldo, Joseph Mary, 1837-1928. Joseph Cataldo, S.J. papers, 1862-2006. Gonzaga University, Foley Center Library
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associatedWith Burgess Memorial Library Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
associatedWith Coeur d'Alene Mission (Idaho) corporateBody
correspondedWith Cook, Harl J., b. 1857 person
associatedWith Crandall, Lulu D. person
associatedWith Crandall, Lulu D. person
associatedWith Jesuits corporateBody
associatedWith Jesuits. Rocky Mountain Mission. corporateBody
associatedWith McGrane, Frank, 1861- person
correspondedWith Monteith, John B. person
associatedWith O'Malley, Michael, S.J. person
associatedWith Partoll, Albert John, 1904- person
associatedWith Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895. person
associatedWith Purcell, Thomas J. person
correspondedWith Ralston, John Chester, 1867-1928 person
associatedWith St. Joseph's Mission (Slickpoo, Idaho) corporateBody
associatedWith St. Joseph's Mission (Slickpoo, Idaho) corporateBody
associatedWith St. Michael's Mission (Spokane, Wash.) corporateBody
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Idaho
Cataldo (Idaho)
Idaho--Latah County
Idaho--Saint Maries
Northwest, Pacific
Washington (State)
Northwest, Pacific
Cataldo (Idaho)
Northwest, Pacific
Northwest, Pacific
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Nez Percé language--Texts
Language and languages
Indians of North America--Washington (State)
Indians of North America--Missions
Indians--History--Sources
Indians of North America--Languages
Names, geographical
Missionaries
Nez Percé Indians--Missions
Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Idaho
Missionaries--Northwest, Pacific
Coeur d'Alene Indians
Spokane Indians
Jesuits
Indians of North America--Missions--History
Indians of North America--Wars
Missions--Sources
Indians of North America--Sources
Idaho
Native Americans
Washington (State)
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Birth 1837-03-17

Death 1928-04-09

German,

English,

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Italian,

North American Indian languages

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