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.
Episodes about "religious liberty"
When Jesuit Father Ferdinand Farmer came to the US colonies before the Revolution, they were bitterly divided by religious intolerance. Tom and Noëlle tell us how his selfless, tireless efforts did much to break down the walls and help the Catholic faith to gain respect.
The Philadelphia Nativist Riots of 1844 were sparked by tensions between Catholics and Protestants over religious indoctrination in public schools.
The new Italian government was about to confiscate the North American College in Rome, until President Chester Arthur intervened to save it.
The anti-Catholic Pope Night was the pre-Revolutionary War import of the British Guy Fawkes revelries on November 5, until George Washington stopped it.
John Fitzgerald was an aide-de-camp to George Washington who helped him avoid a coup and helped build Virginia’s first Catholic church.
Before he was the first president of Boston College, Fr. John Bapst, SJ served as a pastor in Maine, where anti-Catholic Know Nothings beat him.
Fr. Eusebio Kino, S.J., was a 17th century Jesuit who ministered tirelessly to the native people of Arizona and Sonoran Mexico, fought for their dignity, and introduced cattle ranching.
Catholic families from Maryland moved to the Kentucky frontier where they established the Church and helped make Bourbon a thing.