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Ron Austin first “wandered purposefully” into Mexico more than fifty years ago, when he produced a documentary on Mexican history for American television. Over the next decades, as his acquaintance with Mexico deepened, so too did his appreciation for the rich and contradictory impulses of Mexican culture — and for the beauty of its people and their expressions of faith.

At once guidebook, history, memoir, and tribute, Austin’s Peregrino engagingly explores the spiritual and cultural heart of Catholic Mexico. Though once merely a tourist peering in — a stranger to this distinctive faith and culture — Austin, now a devout Catholic and part-year resident of Mexico, writes with respect, affection, and deep understanding as he invites fellow pilgrims — peregrinos — to regard both Mexico and their own cultures of faith in a new light.


Ron Austin has been a writer/producer in Hollywood for overforty years. Having worked on such TV shows asCharlie's Angels, Matlock, and Mission:Impossible, he is a member of the Academy of MotionPicture Arts and Sciences and has been honored withlifetime achievement awards by the Writers Guild of Americafor his contributions to the Hollywood community. He haswritten many articles on film and taught at several filmschools around the world.


“A most extraordinary sort of travel book through the spiritual heart of Mexico. Ron Austin is scholarly and personal, opinionated and loving, detailed and expansive in his excursion. That this journey ends with faith is as fine a conclusion as I can imagine for this modern pilgrim’s excellent guided tour through the Mexican Catholic soul.”
— Richard Rodriguez
author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America