What do Buffalo Bill, John F. Kennedy, Vince Lombardi, Fulton Sheen, and Andy Warhol, and have in common?
They're all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 inspiring stories celebrate the historic contributions of American men and women who have been shaped by their Catholic Faith. From Revolutionary War to Notre Dame Football, the Catholic Church has played a unique and often transformative role in American public life over the last 400 years. The American Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of the famous figures and lesser-known saints and sinners who have influenced history, culture, and politics.
Did you know…
¯ The first immigrant to arrive in America via Ellis Island was a 15-year-old Irish-Catholic girl?
¯ Al Capone’s tombstone reads, “My Jesus Mercy”?
¯ Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
¯ Five Franciscans died defending the Church’s teachings on marriage in seventeenth-century Georgia?
¯ Jack Kerouac died wanting to be known as a beat poet and a Catholic?
¯ Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years before the English settled Jamestown?
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