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Soon after the first settlements in North America were made, missionaries began to visit the Native Americans for the purpose of instructing them in the Christian religion and to persuade them to adopt the customs of civilization. The Catholic Church was especially active in this work. Early in the 17th century Jesuit missionaries crossed the ocean and began the establishment of missions. While the Jesuit father was something of a fanatic in his religious views, he was generally a man of courage, filled with a sincere devotion to his calling, and loyal to his king. As the white settlements grew in number and strength, the Protestant denominations also became interested in the welfare of the Indians and sent missionaries among them.

Noble L. Prentis, in his 1899 book, A History of Kansas, said: "The missionaries were heroic pioneers of Kansas. They invented phonetic alphabets; the created written languages, wrote dictionaries and song books, and gave to the Indian the Bible and the Christian religion.

Abilene, KS - Great Plains Theatre

Abilene, KS - Great Plains Theatre

Pfeifer, KS - Holy Cross Church

Pfeifer, KS - Holy Cross Church

Pfeifer, KS - Holy Cross Church Steeples

Pfeifer, KS - Holy Cross Church Steeples

Schoenchen, KS - Church

Schoenchen, KS - Church

Schoenchen, KS - Church & School

Schoenchen, KS - Church & School

Victoria, KS - St Fidelis Church

Victoria, KS - St Fidelis Church

Walker, KS - St. Ann Catholic Church

Walker, KS - St. Ann Catholic Church

Caneiro, KS - Church

Caneiro, KS - Church

Ada, KS - Church

Ada, KS - Church

Leibenthal, KS - St Joseph Church Parsonage

Leibenthal, KS - St Joseph Church Parsonage

Leibenthal, KS - St. Josephs Church

Leibenthal, KS - St. Josephs Church

Ogden, KS - Church

Ogden, KS - Church

Ogden, KS - Church Steeple

Ogden, KS - Church Steeple

Solomon, KS - Church

Solomon, KS - Church

Atchison Co, KS - St Patrick Catholic Church

Atchison Co, KS - St Patrick Catholic Church

Atchison, KS - Benedictine Abbey

Atchison, KS - Benedictine Abbey

Potter, KS - Church

Potter, KS - Church

Doniphan, KS - Church

Doniphan, KS - Church

Doniphan, KS - Church Door

Doniphan, KS - Church Door

Doniphan, KS - Church Interior

Doniphan, KS - Church Interior