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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 focuses on the life and afterlife of Frances Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart who served as a missionary in the United States between her arrival in New York in 1889 and her death in Chicago in 1917. Pope Pius XI beatified Cabrini in 1938, and Pius XII canonized her in 1946. This record speed was owed both to her proximity to the Roman center of power in the Catholic church and her popularity on the American periphery, given the ways her life story could be molded to support American ideals of sainthood that foregrounded immigration, urbanization, and U.S. citizenship.

Keywords:   Frances Cabrini, Pope Pius XI, Chicago, Center, periphery

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