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Father John J. Crowley (1891-1940)
"The Wedding of the Waters"

Text and picture excerpts from the
"Desert Padre: The Life and Writings of Father John J. Crowley"
by Joan Brooks, unless otherwise indicated.

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Fr. Crowley's Thoughts on the Burro

burro
[photo by John Gurzinski]

Sage and Tumbleweed
September 22, 1935
by Inyokel

On a trip to the high country, the Padre's horses thrice tried to rid himself of his rider by rolling on him. But the Padre rolled his own and escaped. Al Lackey of the old Barton cow camp on Roaring River remarked, "That horse must have some hatred for the Catholic clergy. Perhaps he belongs to another Church." "Yes," agreed the Padre, "he seems to be a wholly roller."


Concerning Praise for the Burro [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley

The Origin of the Burro [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley

Managing a Recalcitrant Burro [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley


burro

burro

burro
Burro photo
by John Bond




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Sierra and Tumbleweed
by Greg Fisch

 Concerning Owens Valley Wind, Tumbleweeds, and Sagebrush [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley





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The Dow Hotel and Santa Rosa Church (to the right) as it looked in the early thirties.
(Lynne Bunn photo)


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The Old Santa Rosa Church, Lone Pine, California. The church was dedicated in 1919 shortly before Father Crowley's arrival in Lone Pine.
(Eastern California Museum photo)

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Father Crowley with Dr. and Mrs. Howard Dueker and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hopkins planning the "Wedding of the Waters" in 1937.
(Eastern California Museum photo)


Father Crowley
(Fall 2000 Holy Cross Magazine photo)


Father Crowley planning the "Wedding of the Waters" in 1937.
(Fall 2000 Holy Cross Magazine photo - cover of the Saturday Evening Post)

The Wedding of the Waters [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley

The Story Behind the Wedding of the Waters [pdf]
by Fr. John J. Crowley



Further Reading on Father Crowley 
Desert Padre: The Life and Writings of Father John J. Crowley by Joan Brooks (1997)
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