American Saints Series
Footsteps of American Saints
These religious activities honor those men and women who led heroic lives of faith. Their words, their deeds, and their devotion to prayer and to the sacraments, inspire all American Catholics. In the Church calendar for the United States, some have the rank of “Saint” and are venerated by the Universal Church. Some have the rank of “Blessed” and are venerated by the Local Church. Some have the rank of “Venerable” and, while on the way to becoming a “Saint”, may be venerated by Catholics. Most of these men and women lived and worked in North America in what is now the United States. Some others never set foot in America, however they had a huge impact on the Catholic American landscape. All of them sought to follow Jesus.
The goal of these activities are to share the lives of several Saints so that the youth might relate to what these people have done and maybe look to these individuals as role models.
Available saint activities – click the name for a printable lesson:
- Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jan 4th
- John Neumann, Jan 5th
- Kateri Tekakwitha, Jul 14th
- Peter Claver, Sep 9th
- Isaac Jogues, Oct 19th
- Frances Xavier Cabrini, Nov 13th
- André Bessette, Jan 6th
- Mother Marianne Cope, Jan 23rd
- Katharine Drexel, Mar 3rd
- Damien of Molokai, May 10th
- Isidore (the Farmer), May 15th
- Junípero Serra, Jul 1st
- Carlos Rodriguez, Jul 13th
- Michael McGivney
- Saint George, Apr 23rd
- Juan Diego, Dec 9th
All youth and adults—Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female—are welcome to participate in the Religious Activity Programs promoted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. These activities include the Rosary Series, the Footsteps of American Saints, the International Catholic Awareness Award, and the Good Turn Project. The activities may be used by families, schools, or any Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Cub Scout, American Heritage Girl, Campfire or Venturer.
The youth and adults must perform the requirements for their grade level to complete this activity.
Completion of the Activity
After completing the requirements, the participants will complete the Patch Order Form (Word PDF) and mail it along with the applicable fee to the NCCS. The answers to the questions should be reviewed by an adult for correctness and do not need to be forwarded when ordering the patch.
Presentation of the Patch
Patches are to be presented to those who earned them and can be presented in a formal Awards Mass, Scout meeting, by family members, etc. The key is to make the presentation special, so the youth understand why they have earned this patch. Also, the patch should be presented in a timely manner so the youth is recognized shortly after completing the activity.