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John Baptiste Salpointe was born in Saint Maurice, Puy-de-Do^me, France in 1825. He was ordained as a priest in 1851 and came to New Mexico as a missionary in 1859. After serving the Church for 35 years, he retired in 1894. During those years he was appointed Vicar General for the Missions of Arizona, and then became Bishop of Arizona. He returned to New Mexico in 1885, when he succeeded Lamy as the Archbishop of Santa Fe. In 1898, Salpointe wrote a history of the Catholic Church in the Southwes...