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 about 20 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. Find more about American Catholic History at their web site at

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Recent Episodes

Doc Holliday - Doc Holliday was a real Old West character, a dentist, a gambler, and a gunslinger. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that he was also a Catholic who converted on his deathbed, in part due to the influence of his beloved cousin, a religious sister.
St. Mary of Sorrows, Clara Barton, and the Red Cross - The little Catholic church of St. Mary's in Fairfax Station, Virginia, played an important role in the Civil War as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Tom and Noëlle Crowe also tell us about Red Cross founder Clara Barton's care of the soldiers there.
Venerable Nelson Baker - Ven. Nelson Baker was a Catholic priest whose radical trust in Our Lady of Victory helped him serve orphans, mothers, and children for decades. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us about the turning points in his life that led to the City of Charity in Lackawanna, New York.
Roman Martyrs in a Kentucky Catholic Church - Why does a very old Catholic parish in Kentucky have the complete relics of two Roman martyrs? Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the fascinating story of the relics of St. Bonosa and St. Magnus, an Italian Cistercian abbey, Pope St. Leo XIII, and St. Martin parish in Louisville.
Mark Twain and Joan of Arc - Tha man who wrote Tom Sawyer would seem an unlikely author of a book about Joan of Arc. Tom and Noëlle Crowe explain how Mark Twain, this anti-Christian, even anti-Catholic, author, became not just interested in a Catholic saint's life, but an ardent fan.