John Wayne cultivated a rugged and tough, but family-friendly on-screen persona. But in his private life, it wasn’t until his death that he mended his ways.
Episodes about "great plains"
Fr. Juan de Padilla accompanied Coronado into what is today Kansas and became the first martyr on American soil for his efforts to evangelize.
Fr. Emil Kapaun was an Army chaplain who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War. He is now a Servant of God.
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.
In 1836, the Potawatomi, many of whom were Catholic, were force-marched from Indiana to Kansas. A young priest named Benjamin Petit, joined them.
Bl. Stanley Rother was an Oklahoma farm boy who became a priest and then missionary in Guatemala during the height of its civil war. Tom and Noëlle Crowe share his story of courageous service to his people and Jesus, including giving up his life and becoming the first US-born martyr for the Faith.
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From the prairie of Victoria, Kansas soars St. Fidelis basilica, AKA “The Cathedral of the Plains.” It was built by immigrant Volga Germans.