Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies
In these celebrated pages, you’ll learn that although in the 1600s scores of Catholics fled to America seeking religious freedom, their freedom was short-lived: a century-and-half-later, the constitutions of all but four of the first 13 states contained severe anti-Catholic laws!
Indeed, as these pages recount, Catholics in “the land of the free” suffered almost two centuries of intense religious persecution and even harsher legal prohibitions.
It’s a grim history that few Americans – Catholic or not – remember, leavened with the bright heroism of countless unnamed American Catholics who, despite these harsh measures, simply refused to abandon the Faith of their fathers.
From Jesuit manor houses that planted the seeds of faith in Maryland to solitary missionary priests who evangelized New York and New England, Catholics kept the faith . . . even unto death.
Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars tells their stories, making it indispensable reading for souls unacquainted with the deep roots of Catholicism in America, and in the holy courage of scores of Catholics who kept remorseless forces here from snuffing out our Faith.
Among other things, you’ll learn here:
- The exciting tale of The Ark and The Dove that carried the first Catholic settlers to Maryland
- Why Catholics left the old world for America: their reasons were not always religious
- The tragic strife between the Jesuit priests and Maryland’s governor
- The Puritan ascendancy that too soon outlawed Catholicism in Maryland
- Maryland’s hateful anti-Catholic decades
- The Jesuit manor houses that served as centers of Catholic worship when it was dangerous to be Catholic
- The surprisingly powerful anti-Catholic sentiments of most of the Founding Fathers
- The sole Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence: Can you name him?
- 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 than Maryland to Catholicism
- The Quaker/Catholic alliance that promoted both religions
- The courageous 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 actually became an endangered species
- Plus: much more to acquaint you with the perilous and proud heritage of Catholics in the earliest years of our nation!