Navy Chaplain Father Aloysius Schmitt had just finished Mass aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He died helping men to escape.
Episodes about "priest"
Fr. Augustus Tolton was the first black priest in American history. He was born a slave, eventually studied in Rome, and was a beloved pastor.
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.
Virgil Michel was a Benedictine monk who spearheaded the liturgical movement in the U.S. and believed that liturgy should be at the center of catechesis and social justice.
In the 19th century, German Catholics immigrated to western Ohio where the Precious Blood fathers built many cross-tipped churches in a small area
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.
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. Stephen Badin was the first priest ordained in the United States, he ministered to the Catholics in Kentucky, and is connected to Notre Dame.
Catholics, including the Daughters of Charity and St. Francis Xavier church were heavily involved in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.