David P. Page


The four-hundred year history of the Catholic Church in Florida, beginning with the Spanish settlements of the sixteenth century, and continuing through successive English, Spanish, and United States occupations of the peninsula, has not been an entirely peaceful passage. It has been marked by periodic conflicts between Indians and missionaries, missionaries and Spanish officials, missionaries and English raiders, parish priests and governors, parishioners and United States officials, and, finally, during the first half of the nineteenth century, between parish trustees and pastors. In the years between the Civil War and World War I, the church in Florida enjoyed a consoling peace both within her household and without. A particularly amicable relationship was formed between the bishops of this period and the officials of the State of Florida.