Fr. Stephen Badin was the first priest ordained in the United States, he ministered to the Catholics in Kentucky, and is connected to Notre Dame.
Episodes about "19th century"
Catholics, including the Daughters of Charity and St. Francis Xavier church were heavily involved in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
Fr. Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864 as a missionary. He ministered to the leper colony at Kalaupapa, Molokai, where he died of leprosy.
In 1859, a young Belgian woman in Wisconsin, Adele Brise, had an apparition of Our Lady of Good Help who instructed her to teach the children the faith.
St. Rose Priory in Kentucky is the original home of the Dominicans in America. Dominic Edward Fenwick brought the Order of Preachers to the US and established them on the Kentucky frontier.
Margaret Brown helped the poor, helped to build the Cathedral in Denver, established a juvenile justice system, mediated labor strife, and survived the Titanic.
The Jesuit missionary Fr. de Smet met, befriended, and evangelized nearly every native tribe west of the Mississippi in the mid-19th century and, as Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us, was prized among nearly everyone for his joy, his wisdom, his holiness, and his tirelessness in bringing Christ to all he could meet.
Mother Mary Magdalene Bentivoglio established the Poor Clares in the U.S. Her story is yet another of overcoming obstacles and persevering in faith.
As great as St. Patrick is and important to Ireland, as Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day didn’t become the cultural phenomenon it is until Irish-Americans essentially created it and exported it around the world.