Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Alters- A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies & Fearless-Stories of the American Saint

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  • Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Alters- A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies 
  • American Catholics in the colonies simply refused not to be Catholic
  • Fearless-Stories of the American Saints
  • Their distinct American way of holiness

Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Alters- A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies

In this comprehensive history, Fr. Charles Connor details the life of Catholics in the American Colonies. It’s a tale that begins with the flight of English Catholics to religious freedom in Maryland in 1634, and continues through the post-Revolutionary period, by which time the constitutions of all but four of the first 13 states contained harsh anti-Catholic provisions.

Catholic readers will be proud to learn from these pages that despite almost two centuries of ever-more-intense religious persecutions and even harsher legal prohibitions, American Catholics in the colonies simply refused not to be Catholic.

These pages show that from the Jesuit manor houses that planted the seeds of faith in Maryland to the solitary missionary priests who evangelized the New York regions, Catholics kept the faith . . . even unto death.

Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars is indispensable reading for souls interested in the deep roots of Catholicism in America, and in the holy courage of scores of Catholics who kept remorseless forces from snuffing their faith out.

Among other things, you’ll learn here:

• Why Catholics left the old world for America: their reasons were often not religious
• The tale of The Ark and The Dove that carried the first settlers to Maryland
• The Puritan ascendancy that too soon outlawed Catholicism in Maryland
• The sole Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence: Can you name him?
• The surprisingly powerful anti-Catholic sentiments of most of the Founding Fathers
• The friend of George Washington who became the first Bishop of Baltimore
• The great Catholic post-Revolutionary War migration from Maryland to Kentucky
• The cosmopolitan colony whose robust religious liberty was more favorable that Maryland to Catholicism
• The Quaker/Catholic alliance that promoted both religions
• The role of persecuted Catholics in the Revolutionary War
• Why, in that War, many Catholics favored the anti-Catholic British
• The French Jesuits who evangelized New York and its frontier areas, and the saints who were martyred there
• The Iroquois maiden who converted and became a saint
• The years in which, throughout the colonies, Catholics became an endangered species
• Plus: much more to acquaint you with the proud heritage of Catholics in the earliest years of our nation!


Fearless-Stories of the American Saints

The lives of the saints who helped build the Catholic Church in the United States—Frances Cabrini, Isaac Jogues, John Neumann, Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Damien de Veuster, among others—are marked by strength, courage, determination, and sanctity. But as this thoughtful and engaging book points out, these saints also could be foolhardy, obstinate, stubborn, and dismissive. In other words, they were a lot like everyone, with a mixture of different qualities and characteristics.

What makes the stories of the thirteen men and women in Fearless so compelling is that a distinctly American way of holiness begins to emerge from their lives and their work. These were people who walked the streets of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Denver. They traveled along California’s coast and into the Southwest, penetrated the heartland of Indiana and Missouri, and reached out into the territorial islands of the United States.

Captivating illustrations for each saint highlight the depth of their souls, and give readers an idea of the strong characteristics exemplified by these men and women.

Fearless will bring the reader through the history of the Catholic Church in America in an intimate and personal way, with the stories of the saints and blessed who helped Christianity become part of this country’s fabric. These men and women did not set out to be saints, only to live out the Gospel as they best knew how. They followed their hearts and God’s will to build a better place for the people of the New World.

Dimensions & Specifications

Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Alters- A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies 

  • ISBN: 9781682780329
  • Pages: 272
  • Format: Paperback

Fearless-Stories of the American Saints

  • 5¼ x 8¼ inches
  • ISBN: 9781616366377
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 207
  • Author: Alice Camille and Paul Boudreau

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