St Rose of Lima was the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be cannonized. Pope Clemente IX declared her a Saint in 1668 and she is the patron Saint of Peru, all of South America, the Indies, and the Phillippines.
Born in to a noble family, her parents kept her from religious life for 10 years and never allowed her to live in a Convent. Instead, she chose to live in a hut and endured a life of severe auserity. Though she was largely a recluse, Rosa was devoted to the sick and hungry, and raised funds for the poor through the sales of her skilled neddlework and fine lace. Her funeral was an occasion of public honor, and manny miracles were said to have occured after her death.