A Saint of Our Own
How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American
By Kathleen Sprows Cummings
336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, 1 fig., appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4947-4
Published: April 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4948-1
Published: February 2019
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6553-5
Published: August 2021
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Awards & distinctions
First Place, 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Award in Gender Issues - Inclusion in the Church Category
Second Place, 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Award in History Category
A home-grown saint would serve as a mediator between heaven and earth, yes, but also between Catholicism and American culture. Throughout much of U.S. history, the making of a saint was also about the ways in which the members of a minority religious group defined, defended, and celebrated their identities as Americans. Their fascinatingly diverse causes for canonization—from Kateri Tekakwitha and Elizabeth Ann Seton to many others that are failed, forgotten, or still under way—represented evolving national values as Catholics made themselves at home. Cummings’s vision of American sanctity shows just how much Catholics had at stake in cultivating devotion to men and women perched at the nexus of holiness and American history—until they finally felt little need to prove that they belonged.
About the Author
A nationally recognized expert on Pope Francis and Catholicism, Kathleen Sprows Cummings, author of New Women of the Old Faith, is professor of American studies and history and William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.
For more information about Kathleen Sprows Cummings, visit the Author Page.