List of American saints and beatified people

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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., is the largest Catholic church in the United States. A special hall in the crypt level of the Basilica contains statues of American saints.
For more information on the process of sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, see Canonization.

This page is a list of American saints, blesseds, venerables, and Servants of God, as recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. These people were born or lived their religious life in the present territory of the United States.

The Catholic Church has existed in the United States since the country's earliest history. Indeed, Columbus' expedition of 1492 included Catholic priests among the crew. Catholic missionaries were some of the first explorers in British and French colonial lands in the east, and Spanish lands in the southwest. Maryland was founded as a Catholic colony.

Catholics continue to contribute to American religious life up to the present day. Consequently, several American Catholics have been considered for sainthood over the past 500 years. Most of these Americans were born after 1850.

The first three American saints were canonized in 1930,[1] and since then, only ten other Catholics in the U.S. have been recognized as saints. Many Americans are being investigated for sainthood today, as shown below.

List of American saints[edit]

St. Damien of Molokai was canonized the 10th American saint on October 11, 2009.

The following is the list of American saints, including the year in which they were canonized.

  • Three of the eight North American Martyrs (canonized in 1930), missionaries to the Hurons:
  • St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1946), founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1975), widow, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of Halifax, Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York, and Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey
  • St. John Neumann (1977), professed priest of the Redemptorists, bishop of Philadelphia, and founder of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1988), professed religious of the Society of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • St. Katharine Drexel (2000), founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and African Americans.
  • St. Mother Théodore Guérin (2006), founder of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
  • St. Damien de Veuster (2009), Canonized as Damien of Molokaʻi, professed priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Picpus)
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha (2012), layperson of the Archdiocese of Quebec
  • St. Marianne Cope (2012), professed Religious of the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse

Three American saints — Seton, Drexel and Tekakwitha — were born within the geographical territory of the modern United States (Tekakwitha was born a native American, Seton a British subject in the British colony of the Province of New York, and Drexel as an American citizen). Nine other American saints were born in other nations, but ministered in geographical territory that is now a U.S. state: Jogues, Goupil, de Lalande, Duchesne, and Guerin were all born in France; Neumann in Bohemia; Father Damien in Belgium; Mother Cabrini in Italy, and Mother Cope in Germany. The remaining American saint — Pedro Calungsod — was born in the Philippines, but was martyred in what is now the United States territory of Guam.

List of American blesseds[edit]

Blesseds have been Beatified which is the third of the four steps in the canonization process.

Some sources, such as Fr. Habig and Abp. Gannon, have included Bl. Frances Schervier as an American Blessed due to her two trips to the United States. Later authors, such as Fr. O'Malley, do not include her, as the total time spent in the United States was only about ten months.

List of American venerables[edit]

  • Venerable Antonio of Jesus, O.F.M., Born Antonio Margil, Native American Missionary in Texas and Louisiana
  • Venerable Nelson Baker, Catholic prelate, social worker, founder of Our Lady of Victory Basilica and Institutions, Priest of the Diocese of Buffalo
  • Venerable Frederic Baraga, Slovenian Catholic Missionary, Linguist, Bishop in the Lake Superior region, Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan
  • Venerable Celestina Bottego, Founder of the Xaverian Missionary Society of Mary
  • Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap., Detroit mystic, Professed Priest of the Franciscan Capuchins
  • Venerable Cornelia Connelly, S.H.C.J., Founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
  • Venerable Rafael Cordero, Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico
  • Venerable Henriette DeLille, S.H.F., Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family
  • Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, O.S.F., Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
  • Venerable Maria Kaupas, S.S.C., Foundress of the Sisters of Saint Casimir
  • Venerable Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P., Missionary to Iowa and Wisconsin
  • Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm., Religious Sister, Founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
  • Venerable Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus
  • Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Archbishop and host of the television series Life is Worth Living
  • Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Haitian-born ex-slave, hairdresser and benefactor in New York
  • Venerable Félix Varela, Activist for Human rights in Cuba

List of American Servants of God[edit]

Servant of God designates someone who is being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood.

  • Servant of God Felix de Andreis, C.M., founder of American Vincentians, First Superior of the Congregation of the Mission
  • Servant of God Angel Baraibar, One of the Martyrs of Toledo (Spain)
  • Servant of God Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio, O.S.C., Professed Religious of Poor Clare Nuns
  • Servant of God Simon Bruté, Bishop of Vincennes (Indiana)
  • Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno, M.M., U.S. Navy, Catholic chaplain
  • Servant of God Magin Catalá, O.F.M., Catholic Missionary
  • Servant of God Jan Cieplak, Roman Catholic Archbishop
  • Servant of God Walter Ciszek, S.J., Polish-American Jesuit Priest, Prisoner and Crypto-missionary in Soviet Union
  • Servant of God Gwen Coniker, Layperson of the Diocese of Steubenville, Co-founder of the Apostolate for Family Consecration
  • Servant of God Terence Cooke, Cardinal, Archbishop of New York
  • Servant of God Pedro de Corpa, O.F.M., Martyr of Georgia
  • Servant of God Blas de Rodriguez, O.F.M., Martyr of Georgia
  • Servant of God Miguel de Anon, O.F.M., Martyr of Georgia
  • Servant of God Antonio de Badajoz, O.F.M., Martyr of Georgia
  • Servant of God Francisco de Berascola, O.F.M., Martyr of Georgia
  • Servant of God Dorothy Day, Founder of the Catholic Worker movement, Social Activist, Devout Catholic Convert
  • Servant of God Stephen Eckert, O.F.M.Cap., Professed Priest of the Franciscan Capuchins
  • Servant of God Aloysius Ellacuria, Professed Priest of the Claretians
  • Servant of God Maria Esperanza de Bianchini, Venezuelan Mystic, Layperson of the Dioceses of Los Teques and Metuche
  • Servant of God Lukas Etlin, O.S.B., Priest of the Benedictines
  • Servant of God Cora Louise Evans, Layperson of the Diocese of Monterey
  • Servant of God William Evans, C.S.C., Professed Priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross
  • Servant of God Jean Martin Eyraud, Priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Servant of God Teresa Fardella di Blasi, Founder of the Poor Daughters of the Crowned Virgin
  • Servant of God Edward J. Flanagan, Religious Priest and founder of Boys Town
  • Servant of God Dominga Guzman Florit, Founder of the Dominican Sisters of Fatima
  • Servant of God Theodore Foley, C.P., Superior General of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ
  • Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford, M.M., Priest of the Maryknoll Missionaries, martyred Bishop of Kaying, China
  • Servant of God William Gagnon, Professed Religious of the Hospitaller Brothers of Saint John of God
  • Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos, Roman Catholic Bishop, Professed Priest of the Augustinian Recollects, Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento
  • Servant of God Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, Catholic Priest, Pioneer Missionary in western Pennsylvania
  • Servant of God Antonietta Giugliano, Co-founder of the Little Servants of Christ the King
  • Servant of God Julia Greeley, Layperson of the Diocese of Denver
  • Servant of God John Hardon, S.J., American Jesuit Priest, Writer and Theologian
  • Servant of God Isaac Hecker, C.S.P., Founder of the Paulist Fathers, a North American religious society of men
  • Servant of God Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M., Priest of the Franciscan Order, murdered in Denver
  • Servant of God Mario Hiriart, Layperson of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Member of the Secular Institute of the Schönstatt Brothers of Mary
  • Servant of God Emil Kapaun, Roman Catholic Priest, U.S. Army Chaplain
  • Servant of God Eusebio Kino, S.J., Jesuit Priest and Founder of Spanish missions in Mexico and Arizona
  • Servant of God Mary Elizabeth Lange, O.S.P., Founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Servant of God Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, O.P., Religious Sister, Social Worker and Foundress
  • Servant of God Mathias Loras, Bishop of Dubuque, Iowa, Immigrant French Priest
  • Servant of God James Maginn, S.S.C., One of the Martyrs of Chunchon, Korea
  • Servant of God Joan Adelaide O'Sullivan, Professed Religious of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns
  • Servant of God Maria Consuelo Sanjurjo Santos, Professed Religious of the Servants of Mary of the Ministers of the Sick
  • Servant of God Vincent J. McCauley, C.S.C., Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Portal, member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross
  • Servant of God John Joseph McKniff, O.S.A., Professed Priest of the Augustinians
  • Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick, Founder of Christ Child Society, Layperson of the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.)
  • Servant of God Paul Michael Murphy, Layperson of the Diocese of Phoenix, Consecrated Member of Miles Jesu
  • Servant of God Joseph Muzquiz, Spanish Priest who established Opus Dei in the United States
  • Servant of God Augustin Arnaud Pages, F.S.C., Professed religious, Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers)
  • Servant of God John McAuliffe, Missionary of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart
  • Servant of God Francis J. Parater, Seminarian of the Diocese of Richmond
  • Servant of God Auguste Pelafigue, layperson of the diocese of Lafayette
  • Servant of God Rossella Petrellese, Young Layperson of the Diocese of Acerra
  • Servant of God Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., Catholic Priest, Founder of Rosary Apostolate
  • Servant of God Thomas Frederick Price, M.M., co-founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America
  • Servant of God Bernard J. Quinn, Priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn
  • Servant of God Luis de Quiros, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Gabriel de Solis, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Juan Bautista Mendez, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Juan Bautista de Segura, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Gabriel Gomez, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Sancho Zeballos, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Pedro Mingot Linares, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Cristobal Redondo, Martyr of Virginia
  • Servant of God Federico Salvador Ramon, Priest of the Diocese of Almería, Founder of the Servants of the Immaculate Child Mary
  • Servant of God Giancarlo Rastelli, Cardiac Surgeon
  • Servant of God Fernando Rielo, Mystical Poet, Philosopher and Founder of a Catholic Religious Institute
  • Servant of God Stanley Rother, Catholic Priest and martyr in Guatemala
  • Servant of God James Alfred Miller, F.S.C., Member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers)
  • Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz, Priest of the Archdiocese of Manila, Founder of the Brothers of Christ and Sisters of Mary of Banneux
  • Servant of God Blandina Segale, Member of the Sisters of Charity
  • Servant of God Theresia IJsseldijk, Professed Religious of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus
  • Servant of God Therese of Jesus Lindenberg (Maria Anna), Founder of the Cloistered Discalced Carmelite Nuns
  • Servant of God Erno Tindira, one of the Martyrs of Mukachevo, Ukraine
  • Servant of God Augustine Tolton, pioneer Afro-American priest
  • Servant of God James Anthony Walsh, M.M., Co-founder of the Maryknoll Missionary Society of Fathers and Brothers, Titular Bishop of Seine-Assuan
  • Servant of God Joseph Walijewski, Priest of the Diocese of La Cross
  • Servant of God Mary Teresa Tallon (née Julia Tallon), Founder of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate
  • Servant of God John Maronic, Professed Priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Founder of the Victorious Missionaries
  • Servant of God Michael Jerome Cypher, Professed Priest of the Franciscan Conventuals

Other open causes[edit]

Other Americans have been proposed for beatification, and may have active groups supporting their causes. These include:

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Time, viz.

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