Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Saint of Our OwnHow the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

✦ Aggiornamento Saints ✦

✦ Aggiornamento Saints ✦

(p.165) 5 ✦ Aggiornamento Saints ✦
A Saint of Our Own

Kathleen Sprows Cummings

University of North Carolina Press

Focused on the 1960s and 1970s, this chapter examines how Lumen Gentium and other documents of the Second Vatican Council intersected with social change to prompt U.S. Catholics to reimagine the lives of their favorite saints. It examines the impact of civil rights and feminism on the stories of Seton, Neumann, Duchesne, and Katharine Drexel. It ends with Seton’s canonization in 1975, positing that U.S. Catholics secured their all-American saint precisely at the moment it ceased to matter, as the original goals of the quest—cementing a connection to Rome and affirming their place in the nation—had been achieved through other means.

Keywords:   Second Vatican Council, Katharine Drexel, Race, Feminism, Civil rights, Pope Paul VI

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .