This exciting book narrates the tale of the first Catholic Bishop of the United States.
Despite independence having been won from England in 1783, and along with it more religious freedom, American Catholics still faced hatred and prejudice, created by decades of anti-Catholicism. Rome’s mission was to find the right man to become the first Catholic Bishop, and, Fr. John Carroll proved to be the one.
Benjamin Franklin said that “Father Carroll is a brilliant man of tact and courtesy; a vigorous man of great physical endurance, he also has unlimited patience.”
Bishop Carroll accomplished the delicate task of building a respectful relationship between the Catholic Church and the leaders of the the new nation. He began a much-needed seminary to train American priests, also starting schools for educating the people. And, he patiently instructed hot-headed parishes accustomed to self-governance, in addition, he sought priests for Native Americans, enacting four separate dioceses. This book provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the decisions faced by a wise and unshakable man chosen by God to help the Catholic Church in America flourish.