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

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The Apparition of The Lady in Blue - In the 1620s, a native American community in what would become Texas were evangelized by a mysterious lady in blue. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of how a Spanish nun, Mary of Agreda, miraculously visited the Jumanos without leaving her Spanish monastery 5,000 miles away.
American Catholic Food - Catholics have had a tremendous impact on American food from the beginning. Tom and Noëlle Crowe explore a handful of these contributions, from wine and cheese at the California missions to Cajun and creole food in Louisiana to the Filet-o-Fish in McDonalds to muskrat dinners in the midwest and more
Maronite Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon - The Maronite Shine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Ohio is a place of pilgrimage for Maronite Catholics throughout the US. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us the history of the shrine and of Maronites in the US, including the near-miraculous acquisition of the land on which is is built.
Old St. Mary, Pine Bluff, Arkansas - St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, originally built on a barge in 1782, is the oldest church in the state. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that despite its small congregation, it has historical significance and ties to international and church politics. The church has faced challenges throughout the years but has persevered and is still standing in Plum Bayou. St. Mary's Church is a symbol of perseverance and houses the grave of a potential saint.