Rose Philippine Duchesne came to the New World to become a missionary to the native peoples. She founded a religious community and educated natives.
Episodes about "18th century"
Catholic families from Maryland moved to the Kentucky frontier where they established the Church and helped make Bourbon a thing.
John Dubois was friend to Robespierre, Patrick Henry, and Lafayette, founded Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg and fought trusteeism as bishop of New York.
Fr. Pierre Gibault and Francis Vigo were instrumental in helping George Rogers Clark defeat the British in the western theatre of the Revolutionary War.
Pierre Toussaint was a freed slave in New York City in the late 1700s, where he became an in-demand hairdresser and important philanthropist.
Over the span of about 200 years, up to 1,000 Catholic missionaries and natives, were martyred in what is now the US Southeast.
Commodore John Barry was an Irish immigrant who became known as the Father of the US Navy, its first commissioned officer, and first flag officer.
Demetrius Augustin “Prince Gallitzin” was a Russian prince who immigrated, was ordained, and established the Church in the middle of Pennsylvania.
Ben Franklin helped the Church choose Jesuit Father John Carroll to be the first bishop of Baltimore after their friendship began before the Revolution.