In the Catholic Church, Servant of God is the style used for a person who has been posthumously declared "heroic in virtue" during the investigation and process leading to canonisation as a saint.
The following is an incomplete list of people declared to be a Servant of God. The list is in alphabetical order by Christian name but, if necessary, by surname or the place or attribute part of the name.
|Servant of God||Date of death||Date declared Servant of God||Ethnicity||Country / Region of Residency / Citizenship / Nationality||Diocese||Notes / References|
|Ángel Herrera Oria||1968||1996||Spanish||Spain|
|Antony Thachuparambil||1963||2009||Malayali||Kerala, India||Thrissur|
|Augustus Tolton||1897||2010||African American||United States|
|Bastiampillai Anthonipillai Thomas||1964||2006||Tamil||United States||Jaffna|
|Benedict XIII Pope Benedict XIII||1730||1755||Italian||Papal States|
|Black Elk||1950||2017||Lakota||United States||Rapid City|
|Blandina Segale||1941||2015||Italian American||United States|
|Carlo Braga||1971||2013||Italian||Italy; Philippines|
|Catherine Doherty||1985||2000||Russian Canadian||Canada|
|Cecilia Rosa de Jesús Talangpaz||1731||1999||Filipino||Philippines|
|Chiara Corbella Petrillo||2012||2018||Italian||Italy||Rome|
|Darwin Ramos||1994||2012||Filipino||Metro Manila, Philippines||Cubao||Street child, Duchenne muscular dystrophy|
|Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin||1840||2005||Russian||United States||Altoona-Johnstown|
|Dionisia de Santa María Mitas Talangpaz||1732||1999||Filipino||Philippines|
|Dorothy Day||1980||2000||English– and Irish American||United States|
|Eduardo Francisco Pironio||1998||2007|
|Edward J. Flanagan||1948||2012||Irish American||United States||Omaha|
|Eileen Rosaline O'Connor||1921||2018||Australian||Australia||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney||Co-founder of the Society of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor|
|Elena of Montenegro, Queen of Italy||1952||2001||Montenegrin||Montenegro; Italy|
|Emiliano Tardif||1999||2010||Canadian||Canada||Santo Domingo|
|Euzebiusz Huchracki||1942||2003||Polish||Poland||Pelplin||martyred in Schloss Hartheim|
|Ferdinando Casagrande||1944||1998||Italian||Italy||Bologna||martyred in Marzabotto|
|Francis Xavier Ford||1952||Irish American||China|
|Francisca del Espiritu Santo Fuentes||1711||2003|
|Geevarghese Mar Ivanios||1953||2007||Kerala, India|
|George Vakayil||1931||2013||Kerala, India|
|Giovanni Fornasini||1944||1998||Italian||Italy||Bologna||martyred in Marzabotto|
|Xu Guangqi||1633||1933 (redeclared 2010)||Han Chinese||China (Ming dynasty)||Shanghai|
|Henry II the Pious||1241||2015||Silesian||Duchy of Silesia||Legnica|
|Henryk Szuman||1939||2003||Polish||Poland||Pelplin||martyred in Bydgoszcz|
|Isabella I of Castile||1504||1974||Castilian||Kingdom of Castile|
|Joaquina María Mercedes Barcelo Pages||1940||2002|
|John Paul I Pope John Paul I||1978||2003||Italian||Papal States|
|Julia Navarrete Guerrero||1974||1985||Mexican|
|Luis Cáncer||1549||2015||Spanish||Spain||Saint Petersburg|
|María Beatríz del Rosario Arroyo||1957||2009||Filipino||Philippines|
|Maria Esperanza de Bianchini||2004||2010|
|Maria Laura Mainetti||2000||Italian||Italy||Como||martyred in Chiavenna|
|Marie Gertrude Gros||1905||2012|
|Mathew Kavukattu||1969||1994||Malayali||Kerala, India|
|Matteo Ricci||1610||1984 (redeclared 2010)||Italian||Papal States; China (Ming dynasty)||Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia|
|Nguyễn Văn Thuận||2002||2007||Vietnamese||Vietnam|
|Pius VII Pope Pius VII||1823||2007||Italian||Papal States|
|Rafael Merry del Val||1930||1953|
|Raymond FC Mascarenhas||1960||2008|
|Teófilo Bastida Camomot||1988||2010||Filipino||Philippines||Cebu City|
|Terence Cooke||1983||1992||Irish American||United States||New York|
|Thomas Cooray||1988||2011||Sinhalese||Sri Lanka||Colombo|
|Trương Bửu Diệp||1946||2014||Vietnamese||Vietnam||Cần Thơ|
|Ubaldo Marchioni||1944||1998||Italian||Italy||Bologna||martyred in Marzabotto|
|Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly||1929||2009||Malayali||Kerala, India|
|Vincent R. Capodanno||1967||2006||Italian American||United States||New York|
|Walter Ciszek||1984||1990||Polish American||United States||Allentown|
|William Finnemann||1942||1999||German||German Empire|
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