Fr. Juan de Padilla accompanied Coronado into what is today Kansas and became the first martyr on American soil for his efforts to evangelize.
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Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the first archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and had to deal with obstinate clergy and a terribly uncatechized flock.
Fray Antonio Margil was the “The Friar of the Winged Feet” who evangelized much of Central America, Mexico, and present day Texas and Louisiana.
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.
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.
As director of mission control, Gene Kranz oversaw dozens of NASA spaceflights, including Apollo 11 and 13. And his Catholic faith played a large role.
In 1900, the Cathedral of St. Mary’s, Galveston was the only Catholic church to survive the great hurricane which killed 20% of Galveston’s population.
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.