It was important to select saints who represented us, our Catholic heritage as it was brought to the plains of central Nebraska. Therefore, the five saints in the south transept are “North American” saints. Not all of them were born in the United States, but each of them carried out the bulk of their ministry in North America. They are also some of the youngest saints. They lived not in some ancient time and place, but they lived here in the Americas alongside many of the immigrants that called the USA their new home. Their lives impacted the formation of the society in which we live, and many of those immigrants moved west to the promise of a new life on new land.
The north transept saints were selected because of their relevance to the ongoing formation of society in current times. Most of these saints are accessible and you can see photos and videos of them. They are current and relevant to the choices we all face today in living out the demanding message of love and peace in the gospel. Note that we have first class relics of two of the ten saints enshrined under our altar. The relics of St. John Neumann and St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton remind us that we are together in this journey, and we can call upon the saints to intercede for us before the throne of God. They will carry our petitions and combine our praise and prayer with theirs before God and ask for His will to be done.