Parish Priests Who Have been Canonized in the Catholic Church?
Some years ago, I came to the conclusion that there are only two parish priests who have been canonized by the Catholic Church: St. John Vianney and St. Ivo of Kermartin.
That said, it is not impossible that there are parish priests that will one day be canonized as martyrs as a result of the vast number of priests martyred in the Nazi persecutions in Europe during the course of World War II.
In all, an estimated one third of German priests faced some form of reprisal in Nazi Germany and 400 German priests were sent to the dedicated Priest Barracks of Dachau Concentration Camp. Persecution of the Church in Germany was at its most severe in the annexed Polish regions. Here the Nazis set about systematically dismantling the Church and most priests were murdered, deported or forced to flee. Of the 2,720 clergy imprisoned at Dachau from Germany and occupied territories, 2,579 (or 94.88%) were Catholic. - Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church in Germany
One example to consider is Blessed Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski:
In Toruń he was responsible for the parish press and from 1 July 1938 was the vicar of the Assumption parish church. In 1938 he became the leader of the Old Scouts and the chaplain of the scout district of Pomerania.
The Gestapo arrested him on 11 September 1939 along with all parish priests in his area and released most of them save for him on 12 September. On 18 October 1939 and he was imprisoned in the Fort VII camp on a temporary basis before being sent on 8 January 1940 with around 200 prisoners to another camp. On 10 January 1940 he was sent to the concentration camp at Stutthof and then later on 6 April to Grenzdorf and Sachsenhausen before being sent to Dachau as his final destination on 13 December 1940.
Frelichowski contracted typhus while tending to prisoners who had the disease and he also contracted pneumonia. He died on 23 February 1945 and his remains were lined in a white sheet decorated with flowers before he was cremated. But before that the prisoner Stanisław Bieniek made a death mask and a cast of the late priest's right hand.
I am equally sure that some day we shall see some parish priests canonized that come from the Martyrs of Spain's Civil War.
Eventually there will some parish priests that will be be canonized who were martyred under Communist regimes and other political motivated persecution against the Church.
In time there will be more canonized parish priests!