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First American-made Saint was Morris County nun

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In just 26 years of life Miriam Teresa Demjanovich left a profound mark on those around her and the Catholic Church. What she did posthumously was even more incredible, and has garnered her the status of sainthood.

According to, Demjanovich, who became Sister Miriam Teresa in 1925, will be beatified in Newark at an Oct. 4 Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark, making her the first American-made saint in history.

All beatifications and canonizations were previously held in Rome, the report said. Pope Benedict XVI was the first pontiff to give the permission of beatifications outside Italy, the report said.

Demjanovich was born in Bayonne, New Jersey to immigrant parents native to northeastern Slovakia, according to the Sisters of Charity of New Jersey. She was baptized five days after her birth at Saint John the Baptist Church in Bayonne.


By: Jason Koestenblatt (Patch)

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