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

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.
Fr. Francis Sampson, Paratrooper Padre - Fr. Francis Sampson was chaplain with the 101st Airborne who jumped over France on D-Day, 1944. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us of the selfless exploits of this Catholic priest who some believe should have received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
Andre Cailloux - Capt. Andre Cailloux was a black free man and a hero of the Civil War. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us how this Catholic family man joined the Union Army as one of its first black officers and became a hero that inspired generations with his patriotism and bravery.
Maria von Trapp - Maria von Trapp's life inspired the film The Sound of Music, but as Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us, her life was so much more exciting and inspiring and faith-filled than even Hollywood could make it.