This is a list of American Saints, Blesseds, Venerables, and Servants of God, as recognized by The Roman Catholic Church
These people were born or lived their religious life in the present territory of the United States.
The Catholic Church has existed in the United States since the country’s earliest history. Indeed, Columbus’ expedition of 1492 included Catholic priests among the crew. Catholic missionaries were some of the first explorers in British and French colonial lands in the east, and Spanish lands in the southwest. Maryland was founded as a Catholic colony.
Catholics continue to contribute to American religious life up to the present day. Consequently, several American Catholics have been considered for sainthood over the past 500 years. Most of these Americans were born after 1850.
The first three American saints were canonized in 1930, and since then, only seven other Catholics in the U.S. have been recognized as saints. Roughly 40 Americans are being investigated for sainthood today, as shown below.
List of American saints
St. Damien of Molokai was canonized the 10th American saint on October 11, 2009.
The following is the list of American saints, including the year in which they were canonized.
- Three of the eight North American Martyrs(1930), missionaries to the Hurons:
- St. Isaac Jogues, S.J.
- St. René Goupil, S.J.
- St. Jean de Lalande, S.J.
- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C. (1946), missionary and founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, S.C., (1975), founder of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.
- St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R., (1977), missionary and bishop of Philadelphia.
- St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, R.S.C.J., (1988), missionary to Native Americans.
- St. Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., (2000), school builder and founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People
- St. Mother Théodore Guérin, S.P., (2006), missionary and founder of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
- St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, SS.CC., (2009), leper priest of Molokai.
Seton and Drexel are the only American saints who were born within the geographical territory of the modern United States (Seton was born a British subject in the British colony of the Province of New York, while Drexel was born an American citizen). Jogues, Goupil, de Lalande, Duchesne, and Guerin were all born in France; Neumann in Bohemia; Father Damien in Belgium; Mother Cabrini inItaly.
In December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI formally recognized the authenticity of miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed Pedro Calungsod. They will be formally canonized as saints by the Catholic Church in 2012.
List of American blesseds
- Blessed Marianne Cope, O.S.F., missionary to the lepers of Molokai, Hawaii.
- Blessed Pedro Calungsod, lay missionary martyred in Guam.
- Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, lay minister and liturgist in Puerto Rico.
- Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, S.J., missionary martyred in Guam.
- Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., missionary preacher.
- Blessed Junípero Serra, O.F.M., founder of the Spanish missions in California.
- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American consecrated virgin.
List of American venerables
Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus.
- Venerable Antonio of Jesus, O.F.M., born Antonio Margil, missionary in Texas and Louisiana
- Venerable Nelson Baker, Catholic prelate, social worker, founder of Our Lady of Victory Basilica and Institutions.
- Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap., Detroit mystic.
- Venerable Cornelia Connelly, S.H.C.J., founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
- Venerable Henriette DeLille, S.H.F., founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
- Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, O.S.F., foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
- Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, S.S.C., foundress of the Sisters of Saint Casimir
- Venerable Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P., missionary to Iowa and Wisconsin.
- Venerable Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Haitian-born ex-slave, hairdresser and benefactor in New York.
List of American Servants of God
- Servant of God Felix de Andreis
- Servant of God Frederic Baraga
- Servant of God Angel Baraibar, one of the Martyrs of Toledo
- Servant of God Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio
- Servant of God Celestina Bottego
- Servant of God Simon Bruté
- Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno
- Servant of God Magin Catalá
- Servant of God Jan Cieplak
- Servant of God Walter Ciszek
- Servant of God Gwen Coniker
- Servant of God Terence Cooke
- Servant of God Rafael Cordero
- Servants of God Pedro de Corpa, Blas de Rodriguez, Miguel de Anon, Antonio de Badajoz and Francisco de Berascola (Martyrs of Georgia)
- Servant of God Dorothy Day
- Servant of God Stephen Eckert
- Servant of God Maria Esperanza de Bianchini
- Servant of God Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.
- Servant of God Cora Louise Evans
- Servant of God William Evans
- Servant of God Jean Martin Eyraud
- Servant of God Teresa Fardella di Blasi
- Servant of God Dominga Guzman Florit
- Servant of God Theodore Foley
- Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford
- Servant of God William Gagnon
- Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos
- Servant of God Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin
- Servant of God Antonietta Giugliano
- Servant of God John Hardon
- Servant of God Isaac Hecker
- Servant of God Leo Heinrichs
- Servant of God Mario Hiriart
- Servant of God Emil Kapaun
- Servant of God Mary Elizabeth Lange
- Servant of God Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
- Servant of God Mathias Loras
- Servant of God James Maginn, one of the Martyrs of Chunchon, Korea
- Servant of God Maria Adelaida of Saint Teresa (Joan Adelaide O’Sullivan)
- Servant of God Maria Soledad (Maria Consuelo Sanjurjo Santos)
- Servant of God Vincent McCauley
- Servant of God Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory
- Servant of God John McKniff, O.S.A
- Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick
- Servant of God Miriam Teresa (Teresa Demjanovich)
- Servant of God Paul Michael Murphy
- Servant of God Joseph Muzquiz, who established Opus Dei in the United States
- Servant of God Ninfas Victorino (Augustin Arnaud Pages)
- Servant of God Norbert (John McAuliffe)
- Servant of God Francis J. Parater
- Servant of God Rossella Petrellese
- Servant of God Patrick Peyton
- Servant of God Thomas Frederick Price
- Servant of God Bernard J. Quinn
- Servants of God Luis de Quiros, Gabriel de Solis, Juan Bautista Mendez, Juan Bautista de Segura, Gabriel Gomez, Sancho Zeballos, Pedro Mingot Linares, and Cristobal Redondo (The Martyrs of Virginia)
- Servant of God Federico Salvador Ramon
- Servant of God Giancarlo Rastelli
- Servant of God Fernando Rielo
- Servant of God Stanley Rother
- Servant of God Hermano Santiago (James Alfred Miller)
- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz
- Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen
- Servant of God Theresia of the Holy Trinity (Theresia IJsseldijk)
- Servant of God Erno Tindira, one of the Martyrs of Mukachevo, Ukraine
- Servant of God Augustine Tolton
- Servant of God Félix Varela, activist for human rights in Cuba
- Servant of God James Anthony Walsh
Other open causes
Other Americans have been proposed for beatification, and may have active groups supporting their causes. These include: