List of American Saints, Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God 

 

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., is the largest Catholic church in the United States. A special hall in the crypt level of the Basilica contains statues of American saints.

 

This page 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.

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 in Italy.

 

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.[2]

 

List of American blesseds

 

 

List of American venerables

 

 

 

 List of American Servants of God

Other open causes

Other Americans have been proposed for beatification, and may have active groups supporting their causes. These include: