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Perspectives -- On Religion and Spirituality

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Oral History

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Houston Philosophical Society Records

Identifier: RG E 0008
Scope and Contents

The Houston Philosophical Society Records contain a small ledger with meeting minutes and a large scrapbook with speeches, meeting notes, and a few newspaper clippings. The collection also includes several additional meeting notes and speeches given by members and guests of the Society and some correspondence.

Dates: 1858-1900; Majority of material found within 1899-1900

Segment 02: Mexicanos and Home Altars

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:06:10 – 00:12:26] Trevino asks Guillen to speak on the tradition of home altars and her experiences when she went out to these homes as a missionary. She remembers that most places provided for teachings would have a small altar. Most of the houses would have small altars as well. She acknowledges her surroundings by stating she has small altars throughout her home and admits that this is due to her upbringing. Guillen believes that the tradition of home altars comes from Mexico. ...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990

Segment 03: Religion

Identifier: OH E 0179
Scope and Contents [00:22:50-00:40:44] Trevino askes Sister Dolores about the culture and language of the Mexican people in Houston. Because of all the things she was doing at the time, she does not remember much but did notice that there were some differences. She noticed some discord among the people and wanted to make the church to help with the issues. [24:23] The area in which Sister Dolores served had a lot of poor, especially Mexicans. She gave talks for the church in which she discussed suffering,...
Dates: Other: April 17, 1990

Segment 05: The Parish and the People

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:24:00 – 00:34:15] Trevino asks about the relationships between the priests and the people. Guillen remembers Father Esteban de Anta, a Spanish priest who would like to visit the people and see what they were like and how they lived. According to Guillen he would drop by people’s homes unannounced. But she enjoyed it as he would drink coffee with the family. She also remembers Father Anastasio Perez, who went on to be at Immaculate Conception, another branch of Our Lady of Guadalupe. ...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990

Segment 06: Home Altars Revisited

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:34:15 – 00:42:31] Guillen sees home altars as a way to visually show her spiritual family; just as one might put photos of family members around their house. She says the saints in a person’s home will vary, because the devotion is different for everyone. When asked why Our Lady of Guadalupe is so important to Mexicanos, she believes it is because she choose to appear in Mexico to a man without any richness or education. This in turn made Mexicanos more devotional, like a child to a...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990

Segment 07: Gender and Religious Activities

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:42:31 – 01:08:00] Guillen has observed that men do not like to be too involved, and it leaves women to more religious activities. Men may participate in parish organizations but mostly just attend church on Sundays because it is more obligatory. She reasons that this is due to men working all the time and that they are tired. [00:49:45] Guillen’s favorite religious activity was the catechist teachings. She reflects that she found a lot of satisfaction from teaching. She’s observed...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002