American Catholic Historical Association
San Francisco, CA
In 1874, the Dominican priest Francis Sadoc Vilarrasa, aged 60, recorded the missionary activities of Dominicans in California over the previous twenty-four years. He concluded his chronicle: "This is a concise history of the [Dominican] Order in California from its beginnings to this day. The Order has progressed slowly up to now, but if it be recalled that only one Father [Sadoc Vilarrasa] was sent here in the beginning, . . . then it will seem wonderful that there are now found in California two houses of Brethren with 17 priests."1 Sadoc Vilarrasa's chronicle is only partially accurate because it omits discussion of the progress and contribution of Dominican women in California whose growth was more than double that of the Dominican men.
Dougherty, M. Patricia, "Adventure and Authority in Gold Rush California: Mary Goemaere and the Foundation of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael" (1994). History | Faculty Presentations. 1.