St. Junipero Serra is the Father of California. He founded the missions that brought the Catholic faith and modern agriculture techniques to California.
Episodes about "franciscans"
Roman Martyrs in a Kentucky Catholic Church
The relics of two Roman Martyrs rest in St. Martin of Tours, a Louisville, Kentucky Catholic Church. Anti-Catholicism plays a role in this whole story
Fr. Juan de Padilla, Proto-Martyr of the USA
Fr. Juan de Padilla accompanied Coronado into what is today Kansas and became the first martyr on American soil for his efforts to evangelize.
The Apparition of Our Lady of Good Help
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.
Blessed Solanus Casey
A man who was simplicity itself has risen to the greatest heights. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us the story of Bl. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar who, as the man who answered the door, made people his business and brought the love of Christ to the thousands of people who sought out his aid and comfort.
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Ven. Antonio Margil de Jesús
Fray Antonio Margil was the “The Friar of the Winged Feet” who evangelized much of Central America, Mexico, and present day Texas and Louisiana.
Padre Pio and US Servicemen
St. Padre Pio had some interesting interactions with US servicemen during and after WWII, including reports of a flying friar waving off bombers.
Fr. Leo Heinrichs, OFM
Fr. Leo Heinrichs was a Franciscan martyred during Mass in his Colorado parish in 1908. Tom and Noëlle Crowe reveal the story of this humble German friar who was slain by an anti-Catholic anarchist during Holy Communion and at the feet of a statue of Our Lady, where he had said he would choose to die.
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The Martyrs of La Florida
Over the span of about 200 years, up to 1,000 Catholic missionaries and natives, were martyred in what is now the US Southeast.