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Amanda Staples wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • When did St. Amandus or any Saint, for that matter, become a Saint?

Amanda Staples

  { When did St. Amandus or any Saint, for that matter, become a Saint? }

Mike replied:

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for the question.

We have received similar questions like this and, to my knowledge, there is no place on the web that lists when all the saints down through history have been canonized by whichever pope.

These were the closest sources I could find:

I searched the Chronological lists of saints and blesseds from Wikipedia for you and found these Amandus's along with the year they were born and died:

Amandus, Alexander, Lucius and Audaldus
born: unknown
died: 300 A.D.

Amand of Strasbourg
born: 290 A.D.
died: 355 A.D.

Amandus — Bishop of Bordeaux
born: unknown
died: 431 A.D.

Amandus (Amand)
born: 584 A.D.
died: 679 A.D. (New Advent and Wikipedia Saint)
Sorry, I wish I could be more of a help,


Richard replied:

Hi, Amanda —

The formalized process of canonization didn't exist in that era. People applied the title of Saint (holy) to deceased Christians when they thought it was deserved, and sometimes it caught on through the agreement of other faithful. In some cases, it is possible to trace the use of the title in inscriptions or in accounts of pilgrimages to the saint's tomb.

At this point, we're talking about matters of medieval history, which is really outside the area that AskACatholic studies. To find out whether medieval historians have looked at this particular saint to trace the development of devotion to him, you'd need to have someone search for any relevant books or for articles in academic history journals.

A university librarian could help you look for any articles about him.

Best wishes,

— Richard Chonak
for AAC

Eric replied:

Hi Amanda,

There was a page at one time that had the whole Roman martyrology (list of canonized saints). It doesn't appear to be working at the moment, but perhaps that is temporary. An article about the web site is available at:


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