Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the first archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and had to deal with obstinate clergy and a terribly uncatechized flock.
Episodes about "sisters of loretto"
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.
Catholic families from Maryland moved to the Kentucky frontier where they established the Church and helped make Bourbon a thing.
The “miraculous” Loretto Staircase is in the Chapel of the Sisters of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was purportedly built by St. Joseph.