The American Catholic Almanac

A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States

by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson

They’re all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 inspiring stories celebrate the historic contributions of American men and women shaped by their Catholic faith. From famous figures to lesser-known saints and sinners, The American Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of Catholics’ influence on American history, culture, and politics. Spanning the scope of the Revolutionary War to Notre Dame football, this unique collection of stories highlights the transformative role of the Catholic Church in American public life over the last 400 years.

Did you know…
• The first immigrant to arrive in America via Ellis Island was a 15-year-old Irish Catholic girl?
• Al Capone’s tombstone reads “MY JESUS MERCY”?
• Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
• Five Franciscans died in sixteenth-century Georgia defending the Church’s teachings on marriage?
• Jack Kerouac died wanting to be known as a Catholic and not only as a beat poet?
• Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years before the English settled Jamestown?

Recent Reviews

Catholically Historic, Historically Catholic

Jalane Schramm

4 Stars

While the extant of Catholicism to many in America is Notre Dame's football program, it has had an underlying presence in many of the major events that have shaped this country. Much to the pride, and surprise, of America's…

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365 days of Catholics who changed the United States

Charlene Phillips

5 Stars

Some of the American Catholics may be familiar to you - Andrew Jackson, Al Capone. Many others - unfamiliar - helped shape United States history and the Catholic faith. Choose to read one story a day, or start from the beginning like i…

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Inspiring history

Dana Thomas

5 Stars

I love the history in this! As a Catholic who doesn't always make it to Mass like I should, this book is a great way to reconnect with my faith and learn a little something at the same time.  It's entertaining and uplifting without…

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Every Catholic home should have a copy of this

shannon griffin

4.5 Stars

I LOVE this book! I can not say enough about this wonderful gem of a book! Each days readings is short and sweet but packed full of information. I have learned so much already about Catholics who have shaped and changed the United States,…

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Catholic Book Club: The American Catholic Almanac

Tiffany W

4.5 Stars

The title of this book intrigued me right off the bat: The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of…

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