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Document Details


Title: Pena, Roberto
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Peña talks about his work in South Texas as an oblate in the Catholic Church and gives an explanation of the Oblates organization and a brief history of its establishment in South Texas. He elaborates upon his decision to go into the priesthood and recounts his experiences in seminary school at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Peña tells about his interest in international law and how he reconciled that interest with the priesthood in that both are concerned with social justice. As a youth he observed social injustices done to Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants and vowed to devote his life and ministry to eliminate those injustices. He details his political involvement with Mexican American protest movements in Texas during the 1960s and 1970s and explains to what extent his activities were governed by Church rules (which permitted him to be only a passive observer and to perform only church-related rituals at protest sites). Peña describes the events and key players among the clergy leading to the formation of the Padres Asociados para los Derechos Religiosos, Educativos, y Sociales (PADRES) organization in San Antonio, Texas, in 1969.
Extent: 72 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_098.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Pena, Roberto, 1923-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1923
Speaker occupation: Clergy
Age at speaking: 75
Document location: Del Rio, TX
Document date: 01-Mar-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Catholic Church
Locations discussed: Del Rio, TX; Harlingen, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Catholic Church; Catholic Church--Clergy; Del Rio, TX; Education; Harlingen, TX; Hispanic Americans; International law; Mexicans--United States; North America; Oral history; Religion; Religious education; Social justice; Texas; Theological seminaries; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000232-177