Jean Louis Cheverus was the first bishop of Boston, 1808-23. He was a remarkable man of humility, learning, and service. Bishop Cheverus died in 1836.
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Ven. Frederic Baraga, the first bishop of Marquette in the upper peninsula of Michigan, was a tireless missionary from slovenia, who is known as the “snowshoe priest.”
El Santuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico is the largest pilgrimage site in the U.S. Many miracles are attributed to the holy dirt found on the site.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha lost both of her parents to smallpox when she was four, and she was permanently scarred by it. She remained a virgin and became Catholic at 19.
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 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.
Mary Edmonia Lewis was a black Catholic woman and a great sculptor who gained respect and admiration around the world, but who had to leave the U.S. to gain it.
Thanksgiving only happened with the help of some Spanish Franciscans and Squanto, a Native American they rescued from slavery and who became Catholic.
Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and John de Lalande were the first Jesuit martyrs to give their lives for Christ in what was then New France in the 1640s.