By James T. Fisher

ISBN-10: 0195111796

ISBN-13: 9780195111798

ISBN-10: 142377423X

ISBN-13: 9781423774235

Catholicism has grown from a suppressed and persecuted outsiders' faith within the American colonies to develop into the nation's unmarried greatest denomination. James Fisher surveys greater than 4 centuries of Catholics' involvement in American historical past, beginning his narrative with one of many first Spanish expeditions to Florida, in 1528. He follows the transformation of Catholicism into one in all America's such a lot culturally and ethnically various religions, together with the English Catholics' early cost in Maryland, the Spanish missions to the local american citizens, the Irish and German negative who got here looking for paintings and farmland, the proliferation of Polish and Italian groups, and the turning out to be inflow of Catholics from Latin the United States. The e-book discusses Catholic involvement in politics and clash, from New York's Tammany corridor to the Vietnam conflict and abortion. Fisher highlights the severe position of ladies in American Catholicism--from St. Elizabeth Seton and Dorothy Day to mom Cabrini, the 1st American citizen to be canonized a saint--and describes the impression of well-liked American Catholics comparable to Cardinal John J. O'Connor, Nineteen Thirties radio character Father Charles Coughlin, President John F. Kennedy, pacifists Daniel and Philip Berrigan, activist Cesar Chavez, and writer Flannery O'Connor. For this new version, Fisher has introduced the tale modern, together with the most recent struggles in the American church leadership.

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Joseph taught American Indians in the Minnesota territory, African Americans in St. Louis, and members of European immigrant communities in urban parishes. One French community that thrived while maintaining close ties to the homeland—the Society of the Sacred Heart—was blessed by the able leadership of Mother Duchesne, who led a group of missionaries to St. Louis in 1818. ” Mother Duchesne presided over the establishment of six schools before embarking on a mission to the Potawatomi Indians at Sugar Creek, Kansas, in 1841.

In addition to French-born sisters, the community attracted immigrant women from Irish, German, and Canadian backgrounds as well as a growing number of American-born women. In 1860 a new “American” constitution was adopted by the order, effectively severing its ties with French authorities. By then, however, the Sisters of St. Joseph’s programs were so widely dispersed that some of their establishments came under the control of local bishops rather than the female superior general in Carondelet.

Although Bishop Hughes now declared the public schools safe for Catholic children, he had already decided to launch a massive, costly system of separate Catholic schools. Bishop John Hughes’s militant defense of his immigrant flock signaled a new era in Catholic America Hughes was appointed archbishop in 1850, which meant that he exercised supervisory jurisdiction over several new dioceses created in the region. In laying the cornerstone of New York City’s massive St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1858 he triumphantly proclaimed, before a crowd of more than 100,000, that “the spiritual descendants of St.

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