The Immigrant Church: Arrival, and Chain Migration

In the first of our three-part series on Catholic immigration, we talk with academic experts from across the country about the history of migrant patterns of Catholics from the very beginning of the colonies. We discuss Catholicism as an illegal religion, heroic individuals in the earliest days of our country, and the importance of chain migration in the development of America as a familial nation.

Todays scholars include:
Dr. Maria Mazzenga: Education Archivist at Catholic University of America

Dr. Bill Portier: Professor of Theology at the University of Dayton, Director of PhD programs

Fr. Mark Massa, Professor of Theology at Boston College University, Director for the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Music for today’s episode:

“Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter”
Words and music by Seasons.
© 2015 Seasons. As recorded on Seasons All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For information about the AMAZING music by Seasons, visit their website here.

Curious about Catholic American history? One of my favorite, easy-to-read resources is Emily Stimpson Chaptman’s book “The American Catholic Almanac.” It includes short, daily readings about a different person/event in American Catholic history.

Our next episode launches next Thursday, December 13.

God bless you!


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