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The Hagiography Circle is a body of scholars bound by a common interest in “re-telling” the lives of contemporary models of holiness. Since 2001, they have dedicated some of their time to reading, translating, and reflecting on biographies sent to us by promoters of beatification and canonization causes.

This generosity has enabled us to establish a collection of hundreds of biographies in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Latin, Chinese, Hungarian, and other languages, as well as thousands of photographs of these models of holiness.

This website is the result of years of research and collaboration between the members of the Hagiography Circle with the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, postulators, and petitioners of beatification and canonization causes. In establishing this website, we would like to share with our visitors the fruits of our labor and contemplation.


Our Aims

  • To assist researchers on contemporary holiness by providing them with up-to-date information on saints, blesseds, venerables, and servants of God;

  • To celebrate the memory of select models of holiness, whose lives and testimonies stand out because of their relevance to the movement and anxieties of our late modern times, by re-telling their stories through full-length biographies written in a manner that is in harmony with contemporary scholarship;  

  • To support the beatification causes of laypersons and non-Western models of holiness by becoming a steady means for promoting information on their lives  to the English-speaking world through the Internet;

  • To assist the Church in preserving the memory of the “new martyrs” ; and,  

  • To “provide a human face” to these perceived “otherworldly” models of holiness and, in so doing, facilitate their approachability among Late Modern believers.



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