Saintliness isn’t what people normally associate with gritty New York City. Regardless, Gotham has produced three saints, one venerable, ten Servants of God and a couple of hopefuls. This might seem disproportionate but not when one considers the total population.
“A saint is anyone who is in heaven,” according to Paulist Fr. Paul Robichaud, postulator for the cause of Fr. Isaac Thomas Hecker, the Paulist founder. “A canonized saint is someone who the Church determines to actually be in God’s presence.” He should know. He went to saint school.
Fr. Robichaud actually graduated from the Vatican’s “Saint School,” a four-month crash course on “How to Make a Saint.”
“To become a saint, a candidate’s life must be thoroughly investigated,” Fr. Robichaud explained to the Register. “Once the cause has been introduced and approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, the candidate may be referred to as ‘Servant of God.’ The next step is ‘Venerable’ which allows the candidate to be petitioned for a miracle.” “Once the miracle is granted, investigated and approved,” Fr. Robichaud said, “the person is beatified and may be referred to as ‘Blessed.’ Upon verification of a second miracle, the person is canonized and referred to as “Saint.”
The following is list of New Yorkers, or those whose ministries were principally in New York, in various stages of the canonization process, from actual saints to the eternally hopeful:
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