With Pope Francis’s canonization of Junípero Serra, O.F.M. here on American soil last month, a quick trivia question comes to mind: who is the only American-born priest who has been canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church?
But this is really a trick question: the answer is “none”. The United States rightfully celebrates St. John Neumann as one of our own; although he was born in Bohemia, he served in Niagara Falls and Buffalo before becoming the Archbishop of Philadelphia. And we do have some outstanding home-grown women saints such as Katherine Drexel, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, and Kateri Tekakwitha—as well as the naturalized St. Frances Mother Cabrini. But no American-born male has...READ MORE