North America

Black Robe Peacemaker: Pierre de Smet
In 1867 the President of the United States set up a commission of three generals to end the wars with the Sioux Indians for good—he hoped!—through a just treaty. Only one person in all the United States, the commissioners thought, just might be acceptable by the Sioux for parley: the priest-...Read more
Frontier Priest and Congressman: Father Gabriel Richard, S.S.
A heroic priest meets frontier Detroit: readers are assured of a colorful encounter. The priest is Father Gabriel Richard, who was born in France in the latter half of the 18th century and had experienced the many horrors of the French revolution. After his ordination as a Sulpician priest in 1791...Read more
Simon Brute and the Western Adventure
During France’s days of turmoil in the 1790s, thirteen-year-old Simon Bruté, helping hide priests from the guillotine, little imagines the path his ardent soul will travel. When the Reign of Terror calms down, Bruté goes to Paris; he wins honors at the College of Medicine. But now responding to a...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
The Lion of Poland: The Story of Paderewski
Ignace Jan Paderewski was born in Poland in November, 1860. At his death in 1940, he was honored by burial in the Arlington Cemetery. As a boy, young Ignace saw repeated Polish rebellions against the controlling foreign powers fail. He determines that the way to help Poland become free and united...Read more