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Dozens of causes underway in the US.

Toust all of the open causes for sainthood in the United States is an almost impossible task. While 12 Americans have been declared saints, dozens are in the stages that precede canonization.

Below is a most likely not comprehensive list of still active sainthood causes. Causes that have been open for more than 50 years with no movement have not been included. (You would be surprised how many cases were opened before 1964 that haven't moved past the servant of God stage.) Also not 'rzcluded are causes that were opened ("aside the US.

Blesseds are those who have been beatified--the third of the four steps jr the canonization process:

* Charity Sr Miriam Teresa Demja-novich, writer of letters on spiritual rayer and life

* Redemptorist Fr. Francis Xavier Seelos, U.S. missionary known for his happy availability

* Franciscan Fr Junipero Serra, founder of missions in California

Venerables are those who have been recognized formally by the pope as having heroic virtues or were named a martyr--the second step in the canonization process:

* Fr. Nelson Baker, social worker and founder of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, N.Y.

* Fr. Frederic Baraga. first bishop of the Marquette, Mich., diocese, missionary and grammarian of Native American languages

* Order of St. Clare Mother Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio, founder of several monastic communities

* Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, mystic known for faith, humility and role as spiritual counselor

* Mother Henriette DeLille, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family of New Orleans

* Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, founder of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

* Mother Maria Kaupas, founder of the Sisters of St. Casimir

* Dominican Fr. Samuel Mazzuchel-li, missionary who founded parishes in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin

* Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

* Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus

* Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, host of television series "Life Is Worth Living"

* Pierre Toussaint, Haitian-born ex-slave. hairdresser and benefactor in New York

Servants of God are being investigated by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints for possible sainthood--the first step in the canonization process:

* Bishop Simon Brute, first bishop of the Vincennes, Ind., diocese, which later became the Indianapolis archdiocese

* Maryknoll Fr. Vincent Robert Capodanno, U.S. Navy chaplain killed during Vietnam War

* Jesuit Fr. Walter Ciszek, U.S. missionary to the Soviet Union arrested as a spy and held prisoner for 23 years

* Gwen Coniker, co-founder of Apostolate for Family Consecration

* Cardinal Terence Cooke, archbishop of New York

* Franciscan friars Pedro de Corpa, Blas de Rodriguez, Miguel de Afion, Antonio de Badajoz and Francisco de Berascola, martyred in Georgia

* Dorothy Day, co-founder of Catholic Worker movement

* Msgr. Jean Martin Eyraud, priest of New Orleans archdiocese

* Fr. Edward J. Flanagan. founder of Boys Town

* Fr. Theodore Foley, superior general of the Passionist Congregation

* Maryknoll Fr Francis Xavier Ford, U.S. missioner to communist China where he was captured. tortured and died in prison

* Bishop Alphonse Gallegos of Sacramento, Calif., unofficial chaplain to migrant farm workers

* Fr. Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, Russian aristocrat known as the "Apostle of the Alleghenies"

* Julia Greeley, ex-slave, laywoman of Denver diocese known for work with poor

* Jesuit Fr. John Hardon, writer and theologian

* Mother Mary Alphonsa, born Rose Hawthorne, founder of Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima

* Fr. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers

* Fr. Emil Kapaun, U.S. Army chaplain taken as prisoner of war in Korea * Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence

* Mother Therese of Jesus, born Anna Marie Lindenburg, founder of Allentown, Pa., Carmelite Monastery

* Sacred Heart Br. John McAuliffe. founder of mission in Gulu, Uganda

* Holy Cross Fr. Vincent J. McCauley, executive director of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa

* Charity Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, financed the discovery of Mary's house in Ephesus, Turkey

* Mary Virginia Merrick, founder of Christ Child Society

* Paul Michael Murphy, one of the first members of Miles Jesu

* Francis Parater, seminarian in Richmond, Va., diocese

* Holy Cross Fr. Patrick Peyton, founder of the Family Rosary Crusade, known as the "Rosary Priest- * Msgr. Bernard Quinn, founder of several institutes for black Catholics in Brooklyn, N.Y.

* Luis de Quiros, Gabriel de Solis, Juan Bautista Mendez, Juan Bautista de Segura, Gabriel Gernez, Sancho Zeballos, Pedro Mingot Linares and CristObal Redondo, Jesuit missionaries to Virginia who were murdered by Native Americans

* Fr Stanley Rother, U.S. missionary to Guatemala, murdered by death squad in 1981

* Charity Sr. Blandina Segale, opened New Mexico territory hospitals and schools

* Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, founder of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

* Fr Augustus Tolton, first African-American diocesan priest

* Maryknoll Fr. James Anthony Walsh, co-founder of the Maryknoll Missionary Society of Fathers and Brothers

* Benedictine Sr. Annella Zervas, grave in Minnesota considered a place of pilgrimage

It is sometimes unclear which possible saints have been named servant of God, and which just have open causes. But others have been proposed for sainthood, and may have active groups supporting their causes:

* Franciscan Fr. Michael Cypher, arrested, tortured and killed in Honduras

* Claretian Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, founder of religious institutes for poor and needy in California and Mexico

* Cora Louise Evans, mystic who claimed to see visions of Jesus and Mary

* Holy Cross Fr. William Evans, U.S. missioner killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War

* Maryknoll Sr. Ita Ford, Ursuline Srs. Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel, and laywoman Jean Donovan, raped and murdered in El Salvador

* Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, New York City Fire Department chaplain killed in the line of duty during 9/11

* Archbishop Paul Francis Leibold of Cincinnati

* Fr. John Maronic, founder of Victorious Missionaries

* Jesuit Fr. Jacques Marquette, founder of Michigan's first European settlement, explored and mapped northern portion of Mississippi River.

* Fr Joseph Muzquiz, established Opus Dei in the U.S.

* Auguste "Nonco" Pelafigue, layman in Lafayette, La., diocese * Maryknoll Sr. Carol Piette, drowned in rescue mission in El Salvador

* Maryknoll Fr. Thomas Frederick Price, co-founder of the Maryknoll Missionary Society of Fathers and Brothers

* Audrey Santo, laywoman of Worcester, Mass., diocese, through whom miracles were said to have happened after she incurred severe brain damage

* Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Dorothy Stang, activist for the poor and the environment, murdered in Brazil

* Fr. Joseph Walijewski of the La Crosse. Wis., diocese who opened a Bolivia parish and a Peru orphanage

* Rhoda Wise, laywoman from Canton, Ohio, said to be a stigmatist and healer

Caption: --CNS/Catholic Transcript/Jack Sheedy Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Conn., left, receives from Dominican Fr. Gabriel O'Donnell documents containing new evidence of an alleged miracle attributed to the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Michael McGivney, during a ceremony in 2009.

Caption: --CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz A portrait of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is displayed in the sanctuary during her beatification Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., Oct. 4, 2013.
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Date:Nov 21, 2014
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