Catholicism (Western Liturgical Family) - Biographies By Last Name

Angelica, Mary

Mother Angelica (1923-2016) is the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the world’s largest religious broadcaster.

Badin, Stephen Theodore

Stephen Badin (1768-1853) was the first Catholic priest ordained in America.

Brownson, Orestes

Orestes Brownson (1803-1876) was a public intellectual who defended Catholicism and its compatibility with American society.

Cabrini, Frances Xavier

Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was the first American citizen to be named a saint by the Catholic Church.

Carroll, John

John Carroll (1735-1815) served as the first Catholic bishop in the United States and helped expand the Catholic Church domestically.

Chavez, Cesar

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was a prominent labor leader who fought on behalf of American farm workers.

Coughlin, Charles

Charles Coughlin (1891-1979) was a Catholic "radio priest," who was controversial for his anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi views leading up to World War II.

Daly, Mary

Mary Daly (1928-2010) was a radical feminist theologian at Boston College who viewed traditional (male) depictions of the Christian God as oppressive toward women.

Day, Dorothy

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a Catholic activist, known for co-founding the Catholic Worker movement, leading anti-war and anti-nuclear proliferation movements, and promoting assistance to the poor.

de Brebeuf, Jean

Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) was a French Jesuit missionary priest and early North American martyr.

Drexel, Katharine

Katharine Drexel (1858-1955) founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order devoted to the education and assistance to racial minorities in America.

England, John

John England (1786-1842) was the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina) and advocated republicanism within the Catholic Church.

Fenwick, Benedict Joseph

Benedict Joseph Fenwick (1782-1846) served as Catholic bishop of Boston from 1825 to 1846.

Flaget, Benedict Joseph

Benedict Joseph Flaget (1763-1850) was the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky, and the first Bishop of Louisville.

Gibbons, James

James Gibbons (1834-1921) was an American cardinal archbishop who guided the Catholic Church through historic changes and mediated relations between American Catholics and the Vatican.

Healy, James Augustine

James Augustine Healy (1830-1900) was the first Catholic American priest and bishop of African descent.

Hecker, Isaac

Isaac Hecker (1819-1888) was an intellectual forefather to the Catholic Americanist movement. He was dedicated to defending the Catholic Church and converting Americans to Catholicism.

Higgins, George G.

George Higgins (1916-2002) was a Catholic priest and activist during the labor movement. He also helped improve relations between Catholics and Jews.

Hughes, John

John Hughes (1797-1864) was a New York archbishop, who oversaw growth in the American Catholic Church due to Irish immigration and advocated Catholic parochial education.

Ireland, John

Born in 1838, John Ireland was a bishop of the Catholic Church regarded as a leader of the Americanist movement. He died in 1918.

Jogues, Isaac

Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) was a French Jesuit missionary priest and early North American martyr.

Maurin, Peter

Peter Maurin’s (1877-1949) vision of a transformed society led to the co-founding of the Catholic Worker Movement with Dorothy Day.

Merton, Thomas

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Catholic monk and prolific writer, who denounced social inequality and opened up interfaith dialogue.

Nerinckx, Charles

Charles Nerinckx (1761-1824) was a Catholic missionary priest of the Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky, in the early 19th century.

Neumann, John Nepomucene

John Neumann (1811-1860) served as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia from 1852 to 1860 and was the first American bishop to be canonized.

O'Connor, Flannery

The American writer Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) depicted fictional Southern characters confronting grace in depressing circumstances.

Ryan, John A.

John A. Ryan (1869-1945) was a Catholic priest and moral theologian who fought for economic justice. He helped inspire and support Roosevelt’s New Deal Programs.

Schlafly, Phyllis

Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) was a conservative Catholic activist who strengthened the pro-life and religious right movements.

Serra, Junipero

Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Spanish Franciscan priest who strengthened Spanish control of California and helped bring Catholic faith to the New World.

Seton, Elizabeth Ann

Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph and was an early promoter of parochial school and Catholic women's education.

Sheen, Fulton

Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) was a popular Catholic leader, who appeared on popular radio programs ("Catholic Hour") and television programs ("Life is Worth Living").

Spalding, John Lancaster

John Lancaster Spalding, born in 1840, was an American bishop who advocated for Catholic education. He died in 1916.

Spalding, Martin John

Martin John Spalding, born in 1810, was a leading bishop of the Catholic Church in the mid-19th century. He died in 1872.

Tekakwitha, Kateri

Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) was a Native American Catholic, known for her asceticism and chastity. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

VI, Paul

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) oversaw the completion of the Second Vatican Council and authored Humanae Vitae, an important and controversial document in modern Catholicism.


Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) called the Second Vatican Council, one of the most significant events in the modern Catholic Church.

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