CatholicHistory.net is a resource for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in the history of Catholicism in the United States. Its purpose is to promote deeper and wider understanding of the place of Catholics and the Catholic Church in the history of the American nation.
Update, November 2015: CatholicHistory.net has begun the process of shutting down. New content will no longer be added and donations will not be accepted. Thank you for your patronage of CatholicHistory.net.
The representation of the American flag in the background indicates the site's geographic focus on the United States. The rounded, cross-topped bell tower signifies the earliest Catholic churches and missions of Maryland, Florida, and California. The bell itself evokes both these missions and the Liberty Bell. Representing the identity of Catholic Americans throughout the history of the United States, it rings at once the call of religious devotion and the promise of freedom embodied in the American Founding.