A canonization is a statement by the Church that a person who has lived a holy life is now with God in heaven. While it’s often mistakenly expressed that the Church “credits” or “makes” saints. The reality is that a person’s holiness speaks for itself. A process of study, prayer and discernment concludes with this formal recognition that a person’s name should be placed within the “canon” of the saints, the list of all who are universally venerated by the Church. Acclaimed as holy and admirable examples of the faith, these saints may be invoked in the official prayers of the Church. Churches may be built in their honor, a feast day is set aside in their memory, and they may be designated as special patrons. All those who are canonized are united to the Church as powerful intercessors, and we ask, therefore, for their prayers and those of the whole communion of saints.

Our new saints:

- Nunzio Sulprizio. St. Numzio was only 19 years old when he died in 1836. He is lauded as a model for workers and young people.

- Maria Katharine Kasper. Born in Germany, Saint Maria Katherina cared for the poor and abandoned, formed religious community the “Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ”, died 1898.

- Francesce Spinelli. St. Francesco was a priest of the Diocese of Bergamo, Italy. A co-founder of the Sacramentine Sisters and the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. He died on February 6, 1913.

- Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus. Saint Nazaria Ignacia founded the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church, caring for women, orphans, soldiers and many others.

- Vincenzo Romano. Saint Vincenzo proclaimed a simple message of love aimed at educating the faithful. He died December 20, 1831.

- Oscar Romero. Saint Oscar used his pulpit to speak out against poverty, injustice and violence. On March 24, 1980, a gunman assassinated him while he celebrated Mass. The death of this holy martyr has inspired many to fight for the oppressed.

- Pope Paul VI. Saint Paul VI was elected pope in 1963 in the midst of the Second Vatican Council. He implemented Church reforms and worked toward justice and peace, bringing the world a message of human dignity and development. He died August 16, 1978.

Saints of God, pray for us.