Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher L. Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Hubert J. Miller

Third Advisor

Dr. Roberto M. Salmon


Shortly after the adoption of the 1857 Constitution in Mexico, a small group of Mexican priests left the Roman Catholic Church and attempted to establish a national catholic apostolic church in Mexico. This movement became known as the Church of Jesus. With the help of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States it continued until 1906 when it ceased to be independent and officially became a mission project of the American Episcopal Church. Historians have placed the burden of failure of the Church of Jesus on factors in Mexico and have not taken into account the party strife within the American Episcopal Church. This thesis contends that the failure of the Church of Jesus to achieve independence was due to the loss of Evangelical influence within the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century.


Copyright 2000 John Steven Rice. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Christianity Commons