American Catholic History

American Catholic History, hosted by Tom and Noelle Crowe, finds the hidden gems and compelling stories of Catholic Americans who have contributed to their nation by virtue of their faith over the past three centuries. In less than 10 minutes per episode, American Catholic History will introduce you to the amazing men and women who came to these American shores and were born here and contributed in ways both great and small, celebrated and unheralded.

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Join the American Catholic History Pilgrimage in August 2021

Join Tom and Noëlle in August 2021 for a six-day guided pilgrimage through the Kentucky Holy Land and Bourbon country. Visit the historic sites they discussed in the American Catholic History episode about the region and learn about the courageous Catholics who settled the land. Learn more and sign up for your spot on the pilgrimage.

Teachers, Catechists, and Parents

Are you a teacher, catechist, or parent who would like to use American Catholic History to share with your children or students? We’ve made the following worksheets available for you to download and reproduce and we’re working on future resources as well. (Let us know if you’re looking for something specific.)

Parish Bulletin Editors

Are you a parish bulletin editor or catechist looking for good, brief content that will entertain, inform, and form your audience? StarQuest is making available brief, written versions of American Catholic History episodes–under 350 words each–for you to use in your publications. These are available in Word and PDF downloadable formats and free to use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. We will be periodically adding new downloads so be sure to check back often.

  • Founding Fathers and American Catholic History (Word format, PDF)
    • George Washington, Catholic?
    • John Fitzgerald
    • Ben Franklin and Bishop John Caroll
    • Commodore John Barry
    • Fr. Pierre Gibault & Francis Vigo
  • Other Stories from American Catholic History
  • Black American Catholics for Black History Month (Word format, PDF) (UPDATED: February 15, 2021)
    • Mary Edmonia Lewis
    • Julia Greeley
    • Mother Mathilda Beasley
    • Pierre Toussaint
    • Mary Lou Williams
    • Daniel Rudd
    • Henriette Delille

American Catholic History Store

Find links to all the books and other resources we mention in our show to find out more about these fascinating people and places in American Catholic History, by shopping in the ACH Store. We’re constantly adding new resources to the store, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for check back later or send us an email to ask.

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Recent Episodes

Sr. Miriam Michael Stimson - All modern DNA science owes a debt to this formidable Dominican nun. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of Sr. Miriam, who blazed a trail for women in science in the mid-20th century and showed that in coming to know truth, we know more about God.
smiling elderly veteran in front of memorial Noël Dube, Hero of D-Day - In a special 100th episode, Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of Noëlle's grandfather, Noël Dube, a man of deep faith whose bravery and sacrifice on D-Day and following was matched only by his faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother throughout his life.
Fr. Kapaun celebrates Mass on the hood of Jeep Fr. Emil Kapaun - Fr. Emil Kapaun may one day become the first Catholic saint who is also a Medal of Honor recipient. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us about the dedicated US Army chaplain who died in a North Korean POW camp after selflessly praying with and encouraging his fellow prisoners to survive hell on Earth.
Father Stephen Badin Father Stephen Badin - Fr. Stephen Badin was the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States, a title he took great pride in. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us about this gruff, rigid man who was also a tender and caring pastor, a man who traveled well over 100,000 miles in pursuit of souls for Christ.
Catholics at Gettysburg - The Battle of Gettysburg is often considered a turning point of the Civil War. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us how Catholics played key roles in the battle before, during, and after, including the Daughters of Charity who nursed the wounded and dying and Fr. William Corby, chaplain of the Irish Brigade.