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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.
XXIII, John 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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