American Dream. A Journey with American Saints
Curated by group of university students from USA, Canada and Switzerland.
This exhibition tells the story of an unknown American dream. Since ever, the US has been the favorite destination of people seeking freedom, job opportunities and hope. However, it has also been the destination of people moved by the desire to testimony Christ and to share the beauty of faith: the Saints, that is real men. In the exhibition, the stories of some North American martyrs and of Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) – canonized by Pope Benedict XVI – will be told. Other stories will also be narrated: the one of Junípero Serra (1713-1784), father of the California missions canonized by Pope Francis on 23rd September 2015; the one of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821), the first American-born woman who became a saint; the ones of the social saints Francesca Cabrini (1850-1917) and Saint Damien of Molokai (1840-1889), who ministered to leprosy patients in Hawaii. The exhibition concludes with the story of Marian apparitions at the Our Lady Good Help sanctuary in Wisconsin.