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Bardstown: The Catholic Faith West of the Alleghenies – Msgr. Frank Lane

March 7, 2019 No Comments

In a talk from the 2008 Deep in History conference, Msgr. Frank Lane looks at the story of the Catholic Church in the early days of Western expansion. He explores how Bardstown, KY, became a center of Catholic life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and how the story of Bardstown is part of the larger story of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Study questions:

-How did Bardstown, Kentucky come to be a center of Catholic activity?

-What was the Catholic Family League?

-What were the odd circumstances surrounding the appointment of the first bishop of Bardstown?

-What were some of the early challenges faced by the Church in Bardstown?