A saint of our own : how the quest for a holy hero helped Catholics become American

Cummings, Kathleen Sprows, author

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  • Creator Kathleen Sprows Cummings
  • Format Books
  • Publication Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource
  • ISBNs 9781469649498, 1469649497, 9781469649474, 1469649470
  • OCLC on1088722616


  • "What drove American Catholics in their long and arduous quest, full of twists and turns across more than a century, to win an American-born saint? The absence of American names in the canon of the saints left many feeling spiritually unmoored and disrespected - to be able to look at the same American scenes upon which a saint had gazed would be a joy and privilege, certainly. But believers also had another reason for cultivating homegrown holiness, contends Kathleen Sprows Cummings in this ... chronicle of saint-making in America, where canonization was about holiness but never only about holiness"-- Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • North American saints -- Nation saints -- Citizen saint -- Superpower saints -- Aggiornamento saints -- Papal saints
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