Pioneer Priests And Makeshift Altars
A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies
By Fr Charles Connor
In this compelling history, Fr. Charles Connor details the lives of Catholics in the American Colonies. Beginning 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.
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.
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.
This incredible Catholic book is indispensable reading for souls interested in the deep roots of Catholicism in America, and in the brave courage of scores of Catholics who kept remorseless forces from snuffing their faith out.
Among other things, youll 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!
Softcover, 259 pages
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