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HABIG, MARION ALPHONSE (1901–1984). Rev. Marion Alphonse Habig, O.F.M., historian of the Texas Spanish Missions, son of Philip and Adelheide (Dittmaier) Habig, was born at St. Louis, Missouri, on June 28, 1901. He was ordained a priest of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 24, 1927. He studied at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C., and the University of California at Berkley. He worked at the Academy of American Franciscan History in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also assistant director of the Franciscan Herald Press and associate editor of the Franciscan Herald magazine. His publications include San Antonio's Mission San José (1968), The Alamo Chain of Missions (1976), The Alamo Mission (1977), and Nothingness Itself, Selected Writings of Ven. Fr. Antonio Margil, 1690–1724 (1976). He lived most of his priestly life in Chicago, Illinois, but he spent many summers working and living at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission in San Antonio. He died on November 22, 1984, in Chicago, Illinois. See also FRANCISCANS.


Archives, Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, Missouri. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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