150 North American Martyrs You Should Know

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know

by Brian O'Neel


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In this compelling new book, Brian O’Neel tells the stories of martyrs associated with North America. Some are from other countries and died in their attempts to spread the faith on this continent. Some were born on this continent but died doing missionary work in other lands. Some were individual martyrs, and some were part of an heroic group. Some were “white martyrs” who, although they did not shed their blood for the faith, suffered much for the spread of their faith. The book includes:A lively presentation about each martyr (or group of martyrs)A practical application for the readerA historical context for how these martyrs helped the Church to grow in North AmericaThese martyrs changed the world by their courage and commitment, and their stories have the power to inspire us today to live our Catholic faith bravely and boldly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616365516
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 01/22/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Brian O’Neel is a frequent guest on the EWTN and Relevant Radio networks. A write and editor, Brian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and six children. He is the author of 39 New Saints You Should Know and Saint Who? 39 Holy Unknowns.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

The Columbian Era 1

Chapter 1 Fr. Juan de Padilla, O.F.M.: Don Quixote Comes to Kansas 3

Chapter 2 The Florida Martyrs: Helping Others Find the Fountain of Truth 6

Chapter 3 The Five Georgia Martyrs: The Sanctity of Marriage Was Their "Old Sweet Song" 14

Chapter 4 The Texas Martyrs: Are We There Yet? 18

Chapter 5 The Eight Virginia Martyrs: Victims of a Brother of Another Color Mother 22

Colonial Times 27

Chapter 6 The North American Martyrs: They Lent a Hand (or Two) to Evangelization 32

Chapter 7 St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Holiness Is a Native Thing 55

Chapter 8 New Mexico: The Most Dangerous Place for a Missionary to Be 64

Chapter 9 Fr. Gabriel de la Ribourde, O.F.M., Rec: Killed by the Kickapoo 68

Chapter 10 Ann "Goody" Glover: The Witch Who Wasn't 71

Chapter 11 Fr. Juan de Parga, O.F.M., and Br. Marcos Delgado, O.F.M.: Death Amongst the Apalachee 78

Chapter 12 Fr. Sébastien Rale: The Mama Bear Father 80

Chapter 13 Fr. Luís Jayme, O.F.M.: That Ain't No Way to Treat Your Padre, No Way 84

The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 89

Chapter 14 B1. André Grasset: What I Saw at the French Revolution 95

Chapter 15 Fr. Antonio Díaz de León, O.F.M.: Texas's Last Priest Standing 99

Early Twentieth Century 105

Chapter 16 Servant of God Fr. Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M.: He Died Giving Jesus to His Killer 107

Chapter 17 Fr. James Coyle: Front Porch Martyr 111

Chapter 18 Servant of God Ángel Baráibar y Moreno: You'll Die Because You're a Priest 115

Chapter 19 Fr. Gerard A. Donovan, M.M.: It's Just Part of the Day's Work, Buddy 119

Chapter 20 Fr. Robert J. "Sandy" Cairns, M.M.: He Sleeps With the Fishes 124

Post-World War II 129

Chapter 21 Fr. Albert (Alphonse) L'Heureux: The Trappist Who Couldn't Be Trapped 131

Chapter 22 B1. Nykyta Budka: A Failed Bishop but a Great Martyr 135

Chapter 23 Bishop Patrick J. Byrne, M.M.: A Hero Among Heroes 139

Chapter 24 The Columban Missionaries: The Great Leader Didn't Find Them So Great 144

Chapter 25 Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun: So Effective He Had to Die 149

Chapter 26 Fr. Didace Arcand, O.F.M.: Unsuspecting, Unintended, and Unknown Martyr 155

Chapter 27 Servant of God Bishop Francis Ford, M.M.: A Man of Many Firsts 160

Chapter 28 B1. Vasel Velychkovsky, C.SS.R.: Lousy Commies, I Laugh at Your Persecution 163

Chapter 29 The Other North American Martyrs: ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! Up to Heaven! 168

Appendix A Calendar of the North American Martyrs, with Place and Year of Death 175

Appendix B Did George Washington Die a Catholic? 181

Notes 185

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