101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide
- Every American has heard of the Battle of the Alamo, the heroic-but-hopeless defense put up by a few dozen Texans against an army from Mexico that numbered in the thousands. But most visitors overlook the fact that the Alamo was actually founded by a Franciscan priest as a mission, to bring the local Native American tribe into the Catholic faith.
- A drive through Cullman, Alabama, will lead you to four acres of quirky miniature reproductions depicting some of the world’s most famous religious structures.
- Nuns who nursed the wounded on both sides of the Civil War are honored at Washington, D.C.’s Nuns of the Battlefield monument.
- Dorothy Day, the social activist and champion of the poor, left her mark across New York City—and you can follow in her footsteps.
- The book also bears witness to the legacy of European, Latin, African and Asian immigrants and Native Americans, tracing their distinctive influence on the history and practice of Catholicism in America.
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I found this book to be full of incredible stories that I had never heard before, and unless you’re an expert on Catholic history in the United States, you’re probably going to be in the same boat. You'll journey through each of the 50 states alphabetically, and learn about several places in each state that seem well worth a visit. I can attest to this because I have been to several of them myself. After providing descriptions and stories associated with each place, author Thomas J. Craughwell goes a step further by providing you with contact information, hours of operation, and a heads up if there’s a major renovation or project going on that might interfere with drop-in style travel plans. This is a book about places, but you’ll learn about them through stories. The storytelling in this book is excellent. You’ll learn fascinating and true anecdotes about wars, saints, authors, incredible artwork, historical sites, churches, little known hard working nuns, courageous priests, shrines, retreat centers, and more. It can easily be read one state at a time to go along with your already made travel plans or if you’d like to make a quick retreat in your home state, but Craughwell does a great job of holding interest if you’d like to read it cover to cover as well. And you may find after reading it cover to cover, that it may be worth creating a trip of your own to go and visit these amazing places. What amazing site might you be driving or flying right by on your next vacation?
A delightful little book, filled with sites all over the U.S. My husband and I love to travel and since we're retired manage to do a lot of it. One of our favorite things to do wherever we are is to visit churches. This book opens up a new dimension to traveling, just last week I visited a chapel in Wisconsin that I had heard of but never visited. Looking forward to traveling to places we had never even considered before reading this book.
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