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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 28, 2021 – Hour 1

Fr. Charles Connor tells the stories of Colonial-era Catholics.


The Forgotten Persecution of Colonial Catholics

Most mainstream studies of American history neglect to tell the story of Catholics in the early days of America, especially the persecution they faced from other Americans. Catholics first came to Maryland in 1634 in search of religious freedom and their story continues through the post-Revolutionary period and the beginning of the new nation, when the constitutions of nine of the 13 states contained harsh anti-Catholic provisions. Fr Charles Connor joins us with a look at the story of these Catholics and the contributions they made in the pre- and post- Revolutionary period.

Fr Charles Connor is Assistant Professor of Church History at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He’s the author of Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies. He has hosted several EWTN series including “The Catholic Priesthood Through the Ages,” “Edith Stein: A Historical Perspective,” “Historic Catholic Converts,” and “The History of the Catholic Church in the US.”

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