Circular Mission

The Circular Mission (Spanish: Misión circular) was a system of missions established by the Society of Jesus in the Chiloé Archipelago. The mission begun as an experimental mission in 1608 when various places populated by Huilliches and Spaniards in the archipelago were visited during a series of voyages during spring and summer.[1] At each stop the Jesuits usually preached for three days before continuing the journey to the next stop.[1] In 1617 the mission was formalized as permanent but continued to be carried out as a series of visits to populated places returning every year to the same locations.[1] During winter the Jesuit missionaries stayed in Castro.[1] The Jesuits are reported to have established 77 chapels by 1755.[2]

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  1. Moreno Jeria, Rodrigo (2006), "El modelo pastoral jesuítico en Chiloé colonial", Veritas, I (14): 183–203
  2. Gutiérrez, Ramón, Las misiones circulares de los jesuitas en Chiloé: Apuntes para una historia singular de la evangelización, 20 (1), pp. 50–69
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