American Catholic History

American Catholic History, hosted by Tom and Noelle Crowe, finds the hidden gems and compelling stories of Catholic Americans who have contributed to their nation by virtue of their faith over the past three centuries. In about 20 minutes per episode, American Catholic History will introduce you to the amazing men and women who came to these American shores and were born here and contributed in ways both great and small, celebrated and unheralded. Find more about American Catholic History at their web site at

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Recent Episodes

Bloody Monday in Louisville - Louisville, Kentucky, 1855. Election day turned into a violent massacre as Know Nothings attacked Catholics to prevent them from voting. Tom and Noëlle Crowe give us the background on the fear and hatred that led to death and destruction on the Ohio River and the aftermath.
Edgar Allan Poe and the Blessed Mother - Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the macabre, was not Catholic, but much of his writing was filled with Catholic sensibilities, and even explicitly Catholic theology. Tom and Noëlle Crowe discuss Poe's mysterious links to Catholicism, including his late in life Jesuit friendships.
Father Mulcahy, MASH - Father Mulcahy was one of the most important priests ever on network TV. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us how this humble fictional military chaplain on the wildly successful MASH gave an example of dedicated service and faith that touched the hearts of millions.
St. Junipero Serra - The Franciscan friar St. Junipero Serra is called the Father of California. Tom and Noëlle Crowe reveal his single-minded devotion to evangelization and missionary work and improving the lives of the native people throughout California.
Doc Holliday - Doc Holliday was a real Old West character, a dentist, a gambler, and a gunslinger. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that he was also a Catholic who converted on his deathbed, in part due to the influence of his beloved cousin, a religious sister.