Catholics, including the Daughters of Charity and St. Francis Xavier church were heavily involved in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
Episodes about "religious women"
In 1859, a young Belgian woman in Wisconsin, Adele Brise, had an apparition of Our Lady of Good Help who instructed her to teach the children the faith.
Mother Mary Magdalene Bentivoglio established the Poor Clares in the U.S. Her story is yet another of overcoming obstacles and persevering in faith.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wealthy socialite and then a convert. She founded parochial education and the daughters of charity, and is the first American-born saint.
The story of the founding of the Regina Laudis Abbey in Connecticut by Mother Benedict is worthy of a movie — and it was made into one.
Sister Blandina spent decades helping immigrants in Cincinnati realize the American dream while holding onto their faith, and aiding women and children.
Sister Blandina was an Italian-born nun in the late 1800s sent to bring the Gospel to the Wild West. She earned the respect of many, including Billy the Kid.
Rose Philippine Duchesne came to the New World to become a missionary to the native peoples. She founded a religious community and educated natives.
The Influenza pandemic of 1918 hit Philadelphia particularly hard, killing up to 16,000 people. The Catholic Church in the city stepped up to help mightily.