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September 24, 2014 - 10:47 PDT

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 24, 2014) - What do Buffalo Bill, John F. Kennedy, Vince Lombardi, Fulton Sheen, and Andy Warhol have in common? They're all Catholics who have shaped America.

In The American Catholic Almanac (Image, Sept. 30, 2014) Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson have put together a page-a-day history of 365 inspiring stories celebrating the historic contributions of American men and women who have been shaped by their Catholic faith.

From Revolutionary War to Notre Dame Football, the Catholic Church has played a unique and often transformative role in American public life over the last 300 years. The American Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting and unlikely tales of the famous figures and lesser-known saints and sinners who have influenced history, culture, and politics.

At a time when all eyes are focused on Pope Francis and the Church in Rome, Burch and Stimpson have provided American Catholics with a masterful resource for learning about the rich history of the church right here in our own backyards.

"Many American Catholics have studied the history of the Faith in Europe and know about the lives of the saints who built the Church there," write the authors, "But for all that American Catholics know about Church history elsewhere, much of our own history remains a mystery."

"When we first set out to write The American Catholic Almanac we wanted to accomplish two things," write Burch and Stimpson. "First, we wanted to tell the stories of the men and women who built the Catholic Church in America. Second, we wanted to demonstrate just how much America has benefited from what those men and women did."

The American Catholic Almanac brings to light the contributions of priests, religious and lay Catholics whose unyielding faith and humble acts of service changed minds, transformed hearts and gave rise to greater Catholic devotion in America.

"In the end, the best gift we received from writing this book was getting to know the men and women in these pages," write Burch and Stimpson. "They charmed us, amused us, inspired us, and encouraged us. They brought us to a deeper faith in Christ and a deeper love for the Church."

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?

Praise for The American Catholic Almanac:
"If we don't know our history as a believing people, we invite the world to invent it for us, with little regard for the facts or our convictions. This is why The American Catholic Almanac is such a treasure. Vividly written, filled with engaging historical detail and organized into easy readings for every day of the year, this is a wonderful record of the American Catholic experience."
-Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

"The American Catholic Almanac is a treasure trove of information and inspiration. In the great tradition of almanacs, Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson provide a daily account of events reflecting the role and experience of Catholics in America. It is a delightful read."
-Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C.

About the Authors
BRIAN BURCH is the president of CatholicVote.org, a non-profit political advocacy group based in Chicago, Illinois.
EMILY STIMPSON is a Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio, and the author of The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years and These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body.


For more information, visit ImageCatholicBooks.com

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Brian Burch or Emily Stimpson, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

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http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/
CO, 80921 US
Katie Moore - Publicist, (719) 268-1936

Keywords

CatholicAmerica, Catholic Vote, Image Books, Brian Burch, Emily Stimpson, American Catholic Almanac

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