Chicago history buffs will tell you that their city was founded in 1790 by a successful trapper and fur trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Less well known is du Sable’s background — he was black and Catholic. Traditionally, most African Americans have been members of Protestant denominations, yet African-American Catholics have been a presence in this country since the earliest days of settlement, and they have played a fascinating part in the story of America and of the Church in the United States. Read more history in the full post.
In 1625, at age 32, St. Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) became one of the first five Jesuit missionaries to travel to Canada to bring the Catholic faith to the Hurons. […]
Today, May 3, we celebrate the feast of Saints Philip and James. The relics of Saints Philip and James are still venerated in the crypt of the Twelve Apostles. Learn more about them in today’s post.
Everything we know about St. Stephen (d. 34), one of the first deacons and Christianity’s first martyr, comes from chapters six and seven of the Acts of the Apostles in […]
Family life is full of challenges. Happily, heaven is full of patron saints ready to help. It’s just a matter of finding the right saint for the problem. So let’s […]