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 less than 10 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.

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Recent Episodes

Sister Blandina, Fastest Nun in the West - Sister Blandina was a tiny Italian-born nun in the late 19th century sent alone to bring the Gospel to the Wild West. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us how she was a force for good, calming lynch mobs, gaining the respect of the notorious Billy the Kid, and earning the nickname Fastest Nun in the West.
Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle - In 1824, a Catholic widow in Washington, DC, experienced a miraculous healing of a debilitating cancer that had kept her bedridden for six years. Tom and Noëlle Crowe explain that the miracle ignited a controversy that divided Catholics and inspired anti-Catholic prejudice with wide-ranging consequences.
John McLoughlin, Father of Oregon - In the early 1800s, John McLoughlin was in charge of essentially all of the Pacific Northwest as local head of major trading company. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us he was also a devoted husband, father, and Catholic whose drive and vision formed the foundation for the entire region of the United States.
Alfred Hitchcock - Alfred Hitchcock was a master filmmaker who created some of the most compelling movies of the 20th century. Tom and Noëlle Crowe also tell us that Hitchcock was a Catholic for whom the Catholic worldview pervaded his films and informed his view of good and evil and justice.
An important message from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli - Dom Bettinelli shares an important message about the future of this podcast and all the shows at StarQuest.