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First American Saints

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1357010.  Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:27 am Reply with quote

The first American citizen to be canonized was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (also called Mother Cabrini), an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which supported Catholic Italian immigrants and disadvantaged children. At her death over five thousand children were receiving care in her charitable institutions, and her community had grown to five hundred members in seventy houses in North and South America, France, Spain, and England. She died aged just 37, having crossed the Atlantic twenty-five times to visit her various charitable projects.

However, it was not until 1975 that the first US-born citizen was canonized. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton established the first Catholic girls' school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Marylan and also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.



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