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Thought it would be interesting to start a list of people who lived fairly recently but are not generally well known and whose causes for canonization have been introduced or who were known for their sanctity.

It's nice to be able to actually have photos of saints.  Although some had extraordinary things happening in their lives, others were just normal, everyday people who achieved great sanctity. 

Please add to the list if you know of any others.

1.  Rhoda Wise.  Canton, Ohio, mystic/stigmatic who died in the 1940s (associated with Mother Angelica before she became a nun).  Her cause has recently begun.

2. Helena Pelczar.  Cleveland, Ohio, mystic/stigmatic who died in the 1920s (originally from Poland).

3.  Carlo Acutis.  Young Italian boy who died in the 1990s.  His cause has been introduced.

4.  Blessed Chiara Luce Badano.  Italian girl, died in 1990, beatified in 2010.

5.  Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  Young Italian, died in 1924, beatified in 1990.  In 1981, his body was exhumed, and he was found incorrupt.

6.  Alberto Marvelli, young Italian, died in 1940s.  Beatified in 2004.
7. Fr. Leo Heinrichs, who was shot while distributing Holy Communion. With a bullet in his heart, he retrieved the Hosts which fell when he was shot and put as many as he could back into the ciborium to take proper care of the Sacrament.

"The process of beatification has been opened in Rome since 1938 and his tomb in Totowa, Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery, remains a place of veneration."
Dom Prosper Gueranger's case was opened by Pope Benedict XVI back in 2005. I'm not sure if much has come in the way of it though.
9. Father Patrick Peyton, Servant of God, Rosary Priest.  Died 1992.  Coined the phrase:  "The family that prays together stays together."

I attended a talk by Father Peyton many years ago and had the privilege of speaking with him personally.

10.  Paul ComtoisQuebecois.  Died in Sillery, Quebec, in 1966 while attempting to save the Blessed Sacrament in a house fire.

11.  Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.  He was born Nov. 4, 1904, in Shenandoah, PA. He was ordained in 1937 as the first American Jesuit in the Byzantine Catholic Rite. He became a Jesuit missionary to Russia and was held captive in Soviet prison camps for 23 years until he was returned to the U.S. in a spy exchange in 1963.

The Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League, based in Shenandoah, was formed in 1985 to promote the cause of Sainthood for the priest. The cause was formally opened in 1989. His cause has reached the stage that it is currently being reviewed in the Vatican.

12.  Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil.  Fostoria, Ohio.  Died 2000 AD.  Recipient of the apparitions of Our Lady of America.
13. Mariantonia Samà, Servant of God. Died 1953.

Unfortunately, there aren't any pages in English (you can try Google Translate, but the translations aren't the greatest).

She's actually a distant relative of mine (I think 2nd cousin 3 times removed). When she was a child she was possessed. She was given an exorcism and the demon said that it would leave, but it would leave her crippled. When she returned home she was crippled and left bed ridden with her knees bent as if being crucified. She lived this way for 60 years, never had any sores or infections of any sort. She lived her life receiving Communion almost daily, in prayer, and offering all of her sufferings (which amplified during Lent & Holy Week) to Our Lord and his Sacred Heart.
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14. Bl. Carlo Gnocchi.

He was an Italian priest, and chaplain with the Alpini during WW2 (you know, the big one :P) on the Eastern Front.  After the war he began a mission to care for war orphans and children injured by mines, etc.

15.  Fr. Emil Kapaun, Servant of God.

A priest with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  After being taken prisoner, he continued to minister to POWs, would smuggle coffee and tea, and gave away his own food.

Those 2 are a major inspiration to me, as anyone who can live through the hell they endured, and still keep faith, makes my problems seem a bit more trivial.
16. Blessed Alexandrina da Costa of Balasar (1904-1955)

"Very often I ask, "O my Jesus, what do you wish me to do ?" And every time I listen I hear only this answer, "Suffer, love and make reparation." " (March 28 1933.)

17. Anne Louise Lateau (1850-1883), Servant of God

"But it would seem that Louise is favored, in her Ecstasy, with a still higher degree of illumination, akin to the spirit of prophecy. While she remains insensible to every other voice, she recognises at once, and obeys, the voice of one who has spiritual jurisdiction over her;—whether it be her Bishop, her parish priest, or any other priest to whom, for the occasion, jurisdiction has been given, unknown to her."

18. Venerable Marthe Robin (1902-1981)

"It seems to me that I am no more than a very tiny thing in the arms of God, and that I will remain so until I die ... I do not know what He wants to do with me, but I desire it all. Everything is good that comes from God and that He wants of us. Yes, all is good to me ... All is infinitely dear and sweet to my soul because it is He who wishes it so, He who manages it all. I take refuge in His heart, united with Mary my Mother whom I love so much, and I shall not leave it any more ... I know that He will not expel me." (March 2, 1927).

19. Blessed Dina Belanger (1897-1929)

"Before she was born, her mother prayed earnestly each day at the Elevation of the Mass, that her unborn child, whether boy or girl, might be a holy religious, and she offered all her sufferings for the salvation of that soul. She lost no time in educating Dina once she was born. When Dina was six months old, her mother would take her tiny hand in hers and make with it the Sign of the Cross. And very soon the baby learned to do it when she was placed in her cradle for the night."

20. Brother Marcel Van C.Ss.R., Servant of God

"Give me St. Therese of the infant Jesus is my guide, so that she can teach me to love you as I ought, since I am very ignorant. Grant me also the grace to persevere in your love right to the end, so as to love you afterwards eternally, in the homeland of love reserved for those who love you.”

21. Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli, visionary and recipient of the Holy Face devotion

"At age 7 on May 3, 1898 she received Jesus in her First Communion. Recalling that day with holy joy many years later in 1943 she wrote- "I saw the baby Jesus in the host. Heaven on earth! Today, only by faith, I know he loves me."

Then began a lifetime of heavenly graces and visions, along with many sufferings in union with Jesus. One day while she was praying in St. Peter in Sala's church (her local parish), Jesus on the Crucifix came alive and spoke to her. On another occasion at the age of twelve, when she was again in her Parish Church during the 3pm Good Friday service, she heard a Voice saying quite distinctly:

"No one gives me a kiss of love on My Face to make amends for the Kiss of Judas." "

22. Maria Domenica Lazzeri, Servant of God (1815-1848)

"Maria Domenica had numerous other mystical gifts, such as knowledge of certain future events, knowledge of languages never studied, and although she remained completely bedridden, she often "knew", what was being said far away, and through a special grace of God she could often hear the Blessed Mass being said in the neighboring Catholic Church, and incredably she was able to repeat the days sermon given by the local Pastor."

23. Luisa Piccarreta of Corato, Servant of God (1865-1947)

"As she grew older, the communications with Jesus became full-blown supernatural phenomena, which included her Mystical Marriage with the Lord, the Invisible Stigmata, and the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity."

24. Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837)

"Among many other extraordinary mystical gifts, Anna Maria Taigi was often given a remarkable sun-globe wherein she saw past, present and future happenings."

25. Blessed Elena Aiello (1895-1961)

"Her desire to be a nun was now her goal but was forced by her father to delay it due to foreign complications which led to the 1915 World War. During this fruitful delay, she helped refugees, prisoners and nursed invalids and the dying heedless of the dangers to herself in catching any contagious illnesses. Thus began her journey on the road to a life of charity. She particularly often hurried to the bedside of the dying who refused the sacraments."
26. Blessed Imelda Lambertini, patroness of First Holy Communicants (1322-1333)

"The priest gave Imelda her First Holy Communion.

We can well imagine that the nuns were amazed and thrilled both at the great blessing to their little one, and to their convent. The prioress allowed Imelda to remain for some time in thanksgiving, and then sent for her to come and have her breakfast. Imelda was still kneeling as they had left her, a smile on her face. Yet when called for, Imelda’s body was still. She had died of pure joy. Her thanksgiving had been well completed, and she had nothing left to desire."
Venerable Henriette Delille (1813-1862) was an Creole nun who founded the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, which was composed of free women of color. The order provided nursing care and a home for orphans, later establishing schools as well

Henriette Delille was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1813. Her father Jean-Baptiste Lille Sarpy (var. de Lille) was born about 1758 in Fumel, Lot-et-Garonne, France.[2] Her mother, Marie-Josèphe "Pouponne" Días, was a free woman of color. Their union was a common-law marriage typical of the contemporary plaçage system.[3] Her maternal grandparents were Juan José (var. Jean-Joseph) Díaz, a Spanish merchant, and Henriette (Dubreuil) Laveau, a Créole of color. Her paternal grandparents were Charles Sarpy and Susanne Trenty.[4] Her maternal great-grandmother is said to be Cécile Marthe Basile Dubreuil, who is considered to be a daughter of Claude Villars Dubreuil, born in 1716, who came to Louisiana from France. The family lived in the French Quarter, not far from St. Louis Cathedral.

Trained by her mother in French literature, music, and dancing, Henriette was groomed to take her place in the plaçage system as the common-law wife of a wealthy white man.[5] Her mother also taught her nursing skills and how to prepare medicines from herbs. As a young Creole woman, under the watchful eye of her mother, she attended many quadroon balls, a chief element of their social world.

Henriette was drawn instead to a strong religious belief in the teaching of the Catholic Church, and resisted the life her mother suggested. She became an outspoken opponent of the system of plaçage, on the grounds that it represented a violation of the Catholic sacrament of marriage.

Henriette was influenced by Sister Marthe Fontier, who had opened a school in New Orleans for girls of color. In 1827, at the age of 14, the well-educated Henriette began teaching at the local Catholic school. Over the next several years, her devotion to caring for and education of the poor grew, causing conflict with her mother

In 1835, Henriette's mother suffered a nervous breakdown. Later that year, the court declared her incompetent, and granted Henriette control of her assets. After providing for her mother's care, Henriette sold all her remaining property. In 1836 she used the proceeds to found a small unrecognized congregation or order of nuns, the Sisters of the Presentation. The original members consisted of Henriette, seven young Créole women, and a young French woman. They cared for the sick, helped the poor, and instructed free and enslaved, children and adults. They took into their home elderly women who needed more than visitation, and thereby opened America's first Catholic home for the elderly.[6]

Her brother Jean Delille was strongly opposed to her activities. He, like other members of their family, could pass for white, as they were octoroons, seven-eighths European or white in ancestry. His sister's actions within the Créole community exposed his ancestry. Estranged from Henriette, Jean Delille took his family and moved away from New Orleans to a small Créole community in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, called La Côte-aux-Puces, now known as Grand Marais.

In 1837, Father Etienne Rousselon secured formal recognition of the new congregation from the Holy See. In 1842, the congregation changed its name to the Sisters of the Holy Family.[6] Henriette Delille continued a life of service to the poor of New Orleans. She died in 1862. Friends attributed her death to a life of service, poverty, and hard work.

At the time of her death, on November 16, 1862, there were 12 members of the order.[7] The sisters were noteworthy for their cared for the sick and the dying during the yellow fever epidemics that struck New Orleans in 1853 and 1897.[6] By 1909, it had grown to 150 members, and operated parochial schools in New Orleans that served 1,300 students. By 1950, membership in the order peaked at 400.

There is a street in New Orleans called Henriette Delille.

The Sisters of the Holy Family remain active today, with over 200 members who serve the poor by operating free schools for children, nursing homes, and retirement homes in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana; Washington, D.C; Galveston, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; California; and Belize.

Delille died in 1862 with a reputation of holiness. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave its formal assent for the commencement of the cause of beatification with the declaration of "nihil obstat" (nothing against) on 22 June 2010. She was then given the title of Servant of God. Pope Benedict XVI approved her heroic virtues and named her Venerable on 27 March 2010. An alleged miracle is now under investigation as of 2005 as a Medical Board close to the congregation approved it on 16 May 2013.
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