Why We Venerate the Saints
Why We Venerate the Saints

Why We Venerate the Saints


305 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9780824524364

Price: $34.95


Making veneration relevant for the modern Catholic

Although many older Catholics are familiar with the cult of the saints, veneration of saints is for many younger Catholics a lost tradition.  Yet this remarkably clear, deeply researched book offers a path through biblical, historical, and systematic aspects of the communion of saints in which those canonized play special roles. This study follows Vatican II’s view of the saints as companions, models, and intercessors—that the saints guide us through both the inspiration of their holy lives and their roles in the afterlife. With a comprehensive introduction to the Catholic Church’s history of venerating saints, each subsequent study emphasizes the rediscovery of the meaning of veneration and is designed for both academic instruction and personal use. Each chapter also includes a list of important terms and suggestions for additional reading.


"The veneration of saints is not merely some quaint pious custom from days gone by but a fundamental aspect of authentic Catholic ecclesiology. Sullivan demonstrates this to be the case in a careful historical and theological study that reveals ressourcement at its very best. Highly recommended."  —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, the University of Notre Dame

"This is an extraordinarily rich resource for informed teaching, writing, and thinking about saints, sanctity, and the call to holiness at the heart of Catholic faith."— Wendy M. Wright, Professor of Theology, Creighton University

"This book speaks thoroughly and beautifully of who the saints are in the history of human salvation."—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago

Author Biography

Patricia A. Sullivan is Associate Professor of Theology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.