Roots presents events, issues, personalities, movements, and
controversies that bear directly on the Catholic American experience.
You will find details of the founding, organization, development,
and major difficulties faced by the Church in the new nation as
well as an understanding of the Church's presence as it was felt
in American affairs.
Roots is the story of Catholic people, lay, religious, and ordained;
of Catholic leaders, saints, and ordinary folk; of Catholic women
and Catholic men; of Catholic successes and Catholic failures. Above
all, it is the story of Catholic heritage in the United States.
I. Spanish, French,
and English Catholics Come to America: 1492-1776
/ The Spanish Contribution (Part 1)
The examination of Our Catholic Roots begins with a brief overview and
the first part of the review of the Spanish contribution to bringing
the Church to the Americas.
Spanish Contribution (Part 2)
This week continues the examination of the Spanish efforts to bring
the Catholic faith to the New World.
This segment explores the experience of the French as they tried to
make converts to Catholicism in New France.
English Contribution (Part 1)
The installment this week examines the effects that the religious and
political situations in England had on the settlements in America.
English Contribution (Part 2)
This week's segment continues the examination of the effects that the
religious and political situations in England had on the settlements
II. American Catholics
Struggle for Religious Freedom: 1763-1791
III. American Catholics
Organize Their Church: 1789-1815
IV. The Catholic Community
Grows with America: 1815-1829
This segment deals with the effects that the major migration of people
to America in the early 1800s had on the country and on the Catholic
During the first part of the 1800's the Catholic bishops in the United
Stated faced many and varied challenges. The vision and creative approach
of Bishop John England to these challenges stands out.
the Ignorant: 1820-1829
Even though the Bill of Rights was in place, Catholics in the United
States encountered prejudice on many levels.
V. Immigration, Prejudice,
and Civil War: 1828-1865
Organization and Parish Life
Parish liturgy and life provided spiritual and material support to the
huge influx of Catholic immigrants during the first half of the nineteenth
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