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Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars
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!
The Church Ascending
Learn how saints and sinners brought about the triumph of Christianity in the West.
Celebrated author and veteran historian Diane Moczar takes you on a fast-paced and provocative ride through the development of Christian civilization from its emergence within the Roman Empire through its medieval springtime and summer.
Indeed, within five hundred years of Nero’s persecutions of the first disciples, Christian civilization permeated every aspect of European culture with kings and commoners alike paying allegiance to the Catholic Church.
A master storyteller with an entertaining and evocative style, Dr. Moczar introduces you to the celebrated intellectuals and mystics, the magnificent artists and writers, and the greatest heroes and villains who forever changed Christianity and the West.
You’ll also explore the dreadful heresies and sinful practices—both inside the Church and out—that developed cracks that would become great fissures, leading to the bitter autumn that followed a most glorious age.
Most of all, these pages will increase your love of God—who is the source of all truth—through a deeper understanding of Catholic history. And they will renew your confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world and that no matter how many Neros are sent her way by Satan, she will not be defeated but will endure until the end of time.
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