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The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto$
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Karin Vélez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174006

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174006.001.0001

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Holy House Builders

Holy House Builders

(p.117) Chapter Five Holy House Builders
The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto

Karin Vélez

Princeton University Press

This chapter first considers Bishop Casal's failed attempt to take a stone from the Holy House and its repercussions. It then surveys multiple iterations of the Holy House of Loreto that were built from blueprints distributed at the Loreto shrine in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It closes by honing in on the replicas of the Jesuits, especially a diverse string of Holy Houses left by one Jesuit, Juan Maria Salvatierra, across Mexico. Individually and as a group, holy house builders in Europe and on the American frontiers wavered between creating accurate, rooted copies that were thoughtfully integrated into their new surroundings, and making imperfect, drifting copies that were unmodified and intrusive to their new settings. This variety suggests that what mattered most in spreading the Loreto devotion was felt intent (mood) rather than following instructions (mind).

Keywords:   Bishop Casal, Holy House, Loreto, shrine, Jesuits, Juan Maria Salvatierra, holy house builders

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