Fr. Juan de Padilla accompanied Coronado into what is today Kansas and became the first martyr on American soil for his efforts to evangelize.
Episodes about "franciscans"
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.
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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Fray Antonio Margil was the “The Friar of the Winged Feet” who evangelized much of Central America, Mexico, and present day Texas and Louisiana.
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 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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Over the span of about 200 years, up to 1,000 Catholic missionaries and natives, were martyred in what is now the US Southeast.
From the prairie of Victoria, Kansas soars St. Fidelis basilica, AKA “The Cathedral of the Plains.” It was built by immigrant Volga Germans.