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A Saint of Our OwnHow the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American$
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Kathleen Sprows Cummings

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649474

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649474.001.0001

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A Saint of Our Own

Kathleen Sprows Cummings

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter covers 1925 to 1939, a period over which more U.S. causes for canonization were introduced than ever before. The saints U.S. Catholics supported said more about their own position in the United States than they did about the lives of the saints they embraced. They developed a “new ideal of sainthood” that privileged holy people who evoked transplantation of European Catholicism rather than the conversion of native people, who had braved Protestant scorn in urban centers rather than hostile heathens on a remote frontier, and who had embraced the nation rather than antedated it. This chapter shows how these factors worked in favor of Elizabeth Seton and John Neumann and against Rose Philippine Duchesne and Tekakwitha.

Keywords:   John Neumann, Philippine Duchesne, Immigration, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tekakwitha

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