Catholic Saints Among Those to be Honored in Garden of American Heroes Announced by Trump

… The National Garden of American Heroes will include statues of many notable Catholic figures, including five saints and numerous people who are on the path to sainthood

… as a response to the spate of vandalism on statues during the summer of 2020

… “On (the National Garden’s) grounds, the devastation and discord of this moment will be overcome with abiding love of country and lasting patriotism”

… people who embody “the American spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love”

… include St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint; St. Katharine Drexel, the first born-U.S. citizen to be canonized; St. John Neumann; and St. Junipero Serra, the first saint canonized on U.S. soil

… Ven. Fulton Sheen and Ven. Augustus Tolton, one of the first black priests in the United States, as well as Servant of God Dorothy Day

… Jesuit Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic archbishop in the United States

… March for Life founder Nellie Gray

… John P. Washington, a US Army chaplain who died helping save soldiers

… Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence

… Christopher Columbus, statues of whom were frequently targeted over the summer of 2020, is set to be honored in the National Garden of American heroes

… “honor, recognition, and lasting tribute

… united as one American people trusting in God, there is no challenge that cannot be overcome and no dream that is beyond our reach”



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