Mission to Arizona, 1916-1940: Father Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M.


In addition to the photographs illustrating this digital exhibit, there are a number of scenes taken during Father Augustine’s visit to New Mexico, along with a score of postcards he saved or sent to friends while on vacation. These appear under the heading, “View the Entire Collection,” and reflect a long and productive life of service to his Church.

Father Schwarz suffered a fatal heart attack during a visit to Los Angeles in 1946 and died at the Queen of Angels Hospital on April 25. He was 59 years old.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

Augustine Schwarz was buried in the cemetery at the Old Mission Santa Barbara, headquarters for the Santa Barbara Province of Franciscan Missions.

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Entrance to vault where Fr. Augutine rests - Indian Cemetery, Old Mission.

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