August 6, 1855 is known as Bloody Monday in Louisville, Kentucky. The Know Nothings used violence to try to keep Catholics from voting, and the violence turned into riots.
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Sister Ignatia co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous at St. Thomas Hospital in the 1930s. Her methods became important parts of the way AA works.
John Boyle O’Reilly, Irishman, poet, soldier, convict, escapee, journalist, was also a champion of civil rights for all, regardless of race or creed.
Father Francis Duffy was a seminary professor, chaplain to the Fighting 69th during World War I, and was a parish priest in New York City. He is memorialized in Times Square.
Father James Coyle was a beloved pastor and a firm defender of the faith in Birmingham, Alabama. The anti-Catholicism of the KKK led to him dying a martyr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton was the wealthiest man in the colonies before the Revolutionary War and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence
Catholics, including the Daughters of Charity and St. Francis Xavier church were heavily involved in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
Fred Allen was a hugely influential and beloved comic whose characters, tropes, and sketches have been imitated since his death. He also was a devout Catholic.
Margaret Brown helped the poor, helped to build the Cathedral in Denver, established a juvenile justice system, mediated labor strife, and survived the Titanic.