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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The Cathedral of the Plains - In the middle of the Kansas prairie soars St. Fidelis church, known as "The Cathedral of the Plains." Tom and Noelle Crowe tell us of this testament to the faith of a hardworking community of German Catholic farmers who wanted a church they would never outgrow and would serve as a beacon of faith in the middle of America. Benjamin Franklin and Bishop John Carroll - Despite being a Deist and decidedly not Catholic, Ben Franklin played a pivotal role in the selection of Bishop John Carroll as the first Catholic Bishop in the United States. Tom and Noelle Crowe delve into their background for how it came to pass. Fr. Anthony Kohlmann and the Seal of Confession - In 1813, a case of stolen goods led to the legal protection of the seal of the confessional in American law. Tom and Noelle Crowe talk about the story of Fr. Anthony Kohlmann, S.J., who refused to break the sacred trust he held in Confession even under threat of prison, and the Protestant officials who upheld Catholics' rights. Margaret Haughery - In the first episode of this new podcast from StarQuest Media, Tom and Noelle Crowe relate the story of an Irish immigrant in New Orleans, Margaret Haughery (1813-1882) who founded several still-existing homes for orphans, widows, and the elderly; cared for the sick; built churches; fed the poor; and became famous for her Catholic faith and her charity.