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A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American

Kathleen Sprows Cummings


Canonization, the process by which the Catholic Church names saints, may be fundamentally about holiness, but it is never only about holiness. In the United States, it was often about the ways in which Catholics defined, defended, and celebrated their identities as Americans. This book traces saint-seeking in the United States from the 1880s, the decade in which U.S. Catholics nominated their first candidates for canonization, to 2015, the year Pope Francis named the twelfth American saint in the first such ceremony held on U.S. soil. It argues that U.S. Catholics’ search for a saint of their ... More

Keywords: Catholic, Saints, Canonization, Holiness, Pope Francis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649474
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, author
University of Notre Dame