The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States

By Brian Burch, Emily Stimpson


They’re all Catholics who've formed the US. during this page-a-day historical past, 365 inspiring tales have fun the historical contributions of yankee women and men formed via their Catholic religion. From recognized figures to lesser-known saints and sinners, the yank Catholic Almanac tells the interesting, humorous, uplifting, and not likely stories of Catholics’ impression on American background, tradition, and politics. Spanning the scope of the innovative conflict to Notre Dame soccer, this specified choice of tales highlights the transformative position of the Catholic Church in American public existence over the past four hundred years.

Did you know…
• the 1st immigrant to reach in the United States through Ellis Island used to be a 15-year-old Irish Catholic girl?
• Al Capone’s tombstone reads “MY JESUS MERCY”?
• Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory within the conflict of latest Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
• 5 Franciscans died in sixteenth-century Georgia protecting the Church’s teachings on marriage?
• Jack Kerouac died desirous to be often called a Catholic and never purely as a beat poet?
• Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years ahead of the English settled Jamestown?

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