Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Fearless

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Fearless

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FEARLESS

By Alice Camille and Paul Boudreau (Franciscan Media, 2014)

For Mother Theodore Guerin and her sisters, the journey through the wilds of Indiana in 1840 couldn't have gotten much worse. The road was under water; they worried the horse might actually drown. When they pulled up at their new "home" in the middle of the forest, the promised convent had not been built and the chapel had just burned down.

Tales like this fill the aptly named Fearless: Stories of the American Saints by Alice Camille (a columnist for this magazine) and Paul Boudreau. The coauthors chronicle 14 women and men who served, across four centuries, either in the United States or in areas that would later become part of our nation.

In part one, Camille and Boudreau do a great job explaining how their accounts will differ from the (unfortunately) common portrayals of saints as people who appear to "float above history and its gritty concerns." The reader gets a speedy tour of the issues in American Catholic history that these men and women would bump into, including anti-Catholicism, immigration, slavery, and racism. …

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