An Essay. San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. Yet with all of the bounteous local history San Fernando remains an unknown and shadowy figure. This essay is a synthesis of his amazing life, one which historians agree is probably the greatest of the kings of Spain. He was part of the famous line of Alfonso kings. Author James Fitzhenry says, “very little is written about St. Fernando III. Very few Catholics know he existed, let alone his origins… the honor and reverence due to this man among men, has lain hidden among the shadows of time…” St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana, and San Fernando Cathdedral both claim to be the oldest cathedrals in the United States. Ironically they are named for Ferdinand III and Louis IX of France both saints and first cousins. San Antonio, TX 2012 1st Ed., 8 & 1/2 x11 , report cover, 16 Pgs., PB.