Lafayette: The American Patriot Who Wasn’t Even an American Citizen

The Marquis de Lafayette

Today, something different:  The story of a hero in the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette.The following article is reprinted with permission from Image Books, publisher of The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson.  I've written before about the Almanac, and how much I enjoy its colorful stories of Catholics from all walks of life.  I told the story of the Snowshoe Priest, Father Frederic Baraga, who carried the gospel message to the  Chippewa tribe in upper Mi … [Read more...]

Father Jeremiah O’Connell and the Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

Stumphouse Tunnel

Today I went to Stumphouse Tunnel.It was a great day for a color drive through the mountains of South Carolina, and--if you ask my husband--a great day for trout fishing.   We set out to do both, stopping for morning Mass along the way, then heading out to the Chattooga River, the river made famous by the 1972 dramatic thriller Deliverance, starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.  We were headed toward Burrells Ford, near the Georgia border.Driving through a tunnel of fall foliage, we pa … [Read more...]

The Snowshoe Priest and Other Great Stories

Statue commemorating Bishop Baraga at L'Anse, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

In the long, harsh winter of 1835, Father Frederic Baraga trudged through the snow, carrying the gospel to the Ojibway tribe in northern Wisconsin and Michigan.In the region south of Lake Superior, the average snowfall is 300 inches.  Undaunted, the native Slovenian priest traveled thousands of miles on snowshoes, ministering to the region's Native American population.It was the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe that gave Father Baraga his nickname, "the Snowshoe Priest."  But the young priest's m … [Read more...]