G’day, mates! From “Down Under” comes the news that Australia is honoring its first native saint with a stamp. Here in America, we’ve never had one of our own saints honored on a stamp. We’re wondering: If we could get the U.S. Postal Service
to honor American-born saints with a stamp, who would be the top half-dozen picks?
Controversy aside—there was flack when St. Francis of Assisi, and more recently, Mother Teresa got their own stamps—if we could dream….
Here are our nominees:
- Elizabeth Ann Seton: She was a pioneer in education, and, as a widow and single mother, is a role model for women.
- Katherine Drexel: She used her family’s great wealth to extend the Church’s mission to native Americans and African-Americans.
- Damien de Veuster of Molokai: The leper-priest of Molokai didn’t shy away from living and working with people others shunned—and evetually shared their fate.
- St. Damien has a statue in the US Captol. Why not a stamp?
- Frances Xavier Cabrini stands as a “Catholic identity” figure, representing millions of Catholic immigrants in the U.S.
- Venerable Solanus Casey, whose cause is still “in the works,” was a mystic who related to everyday people in his position as doorkeeper of a Detroit monastery.
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint, the “holy hairdresser,” a wealthy freed slave who shared his wealth with the poor of New York.
Those are our picks. What are yours?