Elmo Anderson, "Letter to Thomas W. Turner," September 20, 1932

Father John Markoe, SJ., and his brother Father William Markoe, SJ (with John Howard Griffin, April 3, 1965)

In September 1932 Elmo M. Anderson, the Executive Secretary of The Catholic Board For Mission Work Among The Colored People, wrote to Turner and informed him of the appointment of Father Markoe as Deputy National Organizer of the Federation. This appointment marked an important moment in the evolution of the relationship between Turner and Markoe and in the focus of the Federation.

 

 

 

Elmo Anderson, "Letter to Thomas W. Turner," September 20, 1932

Letter to Thomas W. Turner

Questions:

As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:

  • Create a chronology of the events described in the letter that led up to the appointment of Father Markoe as Deputy National Organizer of the FCC.
  • What is Anderson's position on Father Markoe's appointment? Please provide excerpts from the letter to support your answer.
  • How do you think Turner reacted to Father Markoe's appointment? Please explain your answer in detail.
  • One of the priorities expressed by Anderson was to "get every Josephite priest and every Negro parish tied up to the organization." Why would this have been important? Explain why you think this was or was not a valuable and attainable goal.

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