James Bertoch : Missionary Journal and Letters to His Family : June 22, 1892 to March 25, 1893
Homer, Michael W.
Salt Lake City
Prairie Dog Press
January 22, 1892 to March 25, 1893. Bertoch's first entry records his arrival in Milan to begin his mission. He describes the Duomo, Teatro alla Scala (the Milan Opera House), Il Cimitero Monumentale, the Vittorio Emmanuelle Galleria, and the mansion of Filippo Turati, a leading Italian socialist. He journeys north to St. Germain, where he visits his family and childhood home. Bertoch primarily writes of his missionary experiences with the Waldensians (also called Vaudois in the journal). Several of his entries describe the daily life of those dwelling in the remote villages of the Alps. Bertoch offers his view of the Pope [Papa in diary] and his opinion of Roman Catholicism in general. He writes of his move to Perouge and the difficulty of preaching and finding lodging on account of religious differences. Bertoch travels south to Rome, where he visits the Vatican and sees Roman ruins, including the prison of Sts. Peter and Paul. He returns to the Piedmont area and continues preaching. In the last entry, he leaves St. Germain to begin the trip home.