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The Franciscan friars, led by the intrepid Father Junipero Serra, have arrived in California to bring the Gospel message to the Indian tribes. One life that is changed forever is that of the tribeless boy, Aptos. Touched by the deep love Father Serra shows to all he meets, Aptos soon becomes eager...Read more
Raised by a wise Philadelphia banker-papa and a loving, devout step-mother, Katharine Drexel is uniquely equipped to confront a distressing failing within the century-old nation of the United States. In the 1880’s, the lack of educational opportunities for Native and Black Americans is appalling,...Read more
Joseph the Huron
Much like an unexpected buried treasure, this narrative of a young Huron man has come to light again today. “Chiwatenwa’s” story, recaptured by author Antoinette Bosco from the records of the earliest Jesuit missionaries in Canada, portrays the man (who would one day be christened “Joseph”) in the...Read more
The Door of Hope: The Story of Katherine Drexel
Raised by a wise Philadelphia banker-papa and a loving, devout step-mother, Katharine Drexel is uniquely equipped to confront a distressing failing within the century-old nation of the United States. In the 1880’s, the lack of educational opportunities for Native and Black Americans is appalling,...Read more
Margaret Haughery: Bread Woman of New Orleans
In 1836, after the death of her husband and child, Irish-born Margaret Haughery (Haw-er-y) finds herself alone and penniless in a strange city—New Orleans. It is after she obtains work as a hotel laundress right next door to where the Sisters of Charity take in orphans that Margaret’s life takes on...Read more
Star of the Mohawk:Kateri Tekakwitha
In the 1600s, New France was the arena for both violent upheaval and powerful change. On one hand, longtime enmity between the Mohawk nation of the Iroquois and the Algonquins of New France fuels aggressive competition for the fur trade with Europeans. On the other hand, many Algonquins, as well as...Read more
The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menendez
Pedro Menéndez of Aviles is an unfamiliar name to many Americans—and yet in 1565 this remarkable man founded St. Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited city in North America. Growing up in Asturia, Spain, the young Pedro becomes a master at handling boats, with an instinctive knowledge of the...Read more
Padre Pro: Mexican Hero
There are two doorways into the life of the gallant Mexican priest Padre Pro. One doorway begins at the end, during an intense period of anti-Catholicism in Mexico, in the high public drama of a daring young priest’s use of disguises and audacious risks to secretly carry communion to the faithful,...Read more
Cavalry Hero: Casimir Pulaski
Casimir Pulaski is most remembered as the dashing Polish cavalry officer who aids the United States’ fight for independence with daring feats of courage and strategy. As a child, already a gifted horseman, he learns from his father Joseph Pulaski, a statesman and landowner, what it means to stand...Read more
Penelope Ellen
Lively, copper-curled Penelope Ellen Purvis has bravely but sadly waved goodbye to her beloved father and mother. Captain Purvis of the sailing ship Mercator has taken his wife on board with him and they will be gone a whole year. Penny is to stay in the New England town of Newburyport, where she...Read more