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LEUTENEGGER, BENEDICT

LEUTENEGGER, BENEDICT (1904–1985). Benedict Leutenegger, historian and translator of old Spanish documents about the Texas Spanish missions, son of Albert and Eve (Adrian) Leutenegger, was born Albert Leutenegger at Omaha, Nebraska, on November 24, 1904. He was ordained a Franciscan priest on June 24, 1931, and belonged to the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, Missouri. He taught at Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois, and at St. Joseph Seminary, Westmont, Illinois. In 1966 he went to the Academy of American Franciscan History, Bethesda, Maryland, and he stayed there until 1970. From 1970 to 1985 he lived at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission in San Antonio, Texas, and worked as a translator of old Spanish documents about the Texas Spanish missions. His works include The Zacatecan Missionaries in Texas, 1716–1834 (1973), Guidelines for a Texas Mission: Instructions for the Missionary of Mission Concepción in San Antonio (1976), and Letters and Memorials of Fray Mariano de los Dolores y Viana, 1737–1762 (1985). He established the Old Spanish Missions Research Library (currently housed at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio). He also microfilmed the Mexican Franciscan Archives at Guadalupe, Zacatecas, and Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico. He died at Mission San José on August 17, 1985.

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Archives, Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, Missouri.

Barnabas Diekemper, O.F.M.

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Barnabas Diekemper, O.F.M., "LEUTENEGGER, BENEDICT," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fle89), accessed February 07, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.