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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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✦ Aggiornamento Saints ✦

✦ Aggiornamento Saints ✦

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649474.003.0006

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

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