The Catholic Church in this Country does not begin her history after colonies were formed, and men had looked to their temporal well-being. Her priests were among the explorers of the coast, were the pioneers of the vast interior; with Catholic settlers came the minister of God, and Mass was said to hallow the land and draw down the blessing of heaven before the first step was taken to rear a human habitation. The altar was older than the hearth.
Gannon, Michael V.
"Altar and Hearth: The Coming of Christianity,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 44
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol44/iss1/5