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.)

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Recent Episodes

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots of 1844 - In Philadelphia in 1844, tensions between Catholics and Protestants over religious indoctrination in public schools boiled over into violence. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell how anti-Catholic nativism sparked running street battles that left dozens dead and dozens more homes, businesses, and churches destroyed.
Carl Schmitt - Carl Schmitt was a great American artist and thinker of the 20th century. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that his Catholic faith informed his understanding of how nature, and our ability to produce things like art, fit into the designs and plans of God.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first Catholic saint born in America and Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us how this early 19th century former Episcopalian socialite converted; founded a religious community and Catholic schools; and continued raised her own children despite heartbreak and loss.
Roberto Clemente - Roberto Clemente was one of the greatest baseball players of his time before his tragic death. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that it was his off-the-field charitable work inspired by his faith that remains his greater legacy, including the earthquake relief trip that ended his life.
Regina Laudis Abbey & Mother Benedict - The story of the founding of Regina Laudis Abbey in Connecticut is worthy of a movie--and it was made into one. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of the abbey's founding and its determined abbess, which became the movie Come to the Stable, which was nominated for 8 Oscars.