Fr. Michael McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus to aid families struggling with the loss of a breadwinner, and to help the men in his parish to retain the faith.
Episodes about "irish"
The History of St. Patrick’s Day
As great as St. Patrick is and important to Ireland, as Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day didn’t become the cultural phenomenon it is until Irish-Americans essentially created it and exported it around the world.
The Philadelphia Nativist Riots
The Philadelphia Nativist Riots of 1844 were sparked by tensions between Catholics and Protestants over religious indoctrination in public schools.
Lt. Col. John Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald was an aide-de-camp to George Washington who helped him avoid a coup and helped build Virginia’s first Catholic church.
Father Peter Whelan: The Angel of Andersonville
Fr. Peter Whelan was an elderly Irish priest in Georgia and South Carolina who brought Christ to the sick and imprisoned during the Civil War. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell how brought Christ to both Confederate POWs in the North, and Union POWs at the most notorious prison camp in the South, Andersonville.
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James Braddock was a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of the 1920s and 30s, and was heavyweight boxing champion, winning in a stunning upset victory. But as Tom and Noelle Crowe tell us, he was also a devoted family man and devout Catholic who never forgot the charity he received at his lowest time of his life.
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Annie Moore and Catholic Immigration
On January 1, 1892, Annie Moore was the first immigrant to pass through the gates of Ellis Island and as Tom and Noelle Crowe tell her story, they also tell the story of Catholic immigration to the US in the late 19th century, including the hopes, the challenges, and the helping hands.
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William Grace was an Irish immigrant, founder of a successful company , a generous philanthropist, and first Catholic mayor of New York City.
Commodore John Barry
Commodore John Barry was an Irish immigrant who became known as the Father of the US Navy, its first commissioned officer, and first flag officer.