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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Recent Episodes

North American Martyrs - Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and John de Lalande were the first Jesuit martyrs to give their lives for Christ in what was then New France in the 1640s. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of how they bravely walked among the Mohawk people to proclaim the Gospel despite the prospect of certain death.
American Shrines to St. Thérèse of Lisieux - There are least three different shrines in the United States that claim to be the first dedicated to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. Tom and Noëlle Crowe relate how the shrines in Rhode Island, Alaska, and Illinois came to be, their claims to be first, and what makes each unique.
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Ven. Antonio Margil de Jesús - Fray Antonio was the "Apostle of America" and "The Friar of the Winged Feet" who evangelized much of Central America, Mexico, and present day Texas and Louisiana. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us of this 17th century Franciscan whose miraculous deeds were only matched by his prayer and humility.
Fr. Gabriel Richard - Fr. Gabriel Richard founded the University of Michigan, wrote the motto of the city of Detroit, represented Michigan in Congress, and tirelessly worked for the people of God on the frontier for many years. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us the story of this priest now being considered for sainthood.