Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York is beatified by Pope John XXIII. In 1975, she will become the first native-born American citizen to be canonized in the Catholic Church. Elizabeth Ann Seton created the first Catholic school in America and she created the Sisters of Charity.
The first saint from the American continent was St. Rose of Lima, Peru, who was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. The first American citizens to become a saint was Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, a woman born in Italy but who became a naturalized American citizen. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1946.