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Archbishop Sheen museum seeing an increase in visitors, adds to displays

Father Joseph Lappe, MIC, associate pastor of St. Peter and Holy Rosary parishes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, views one of eight new photo slide shows at the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria during his visit there Aug. 26. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before it was announced in early summer that the remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen would be transferred from New York to Peoria — and before the miracle attributed to his intercession was approved, paving the way for beatification — the museum that bears his name at the Spalding Pastoral Center was already undergoing […]

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Volunteers offer welcome, information to all visiting cathedral, Sheen’s tomb

David and Linda Whitaker of Tinley Park, pilgrims to the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Aug. 27, are greeted by volunteers (from left) Kate Socha of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Peoria Heights; Regina Hutt of St. Philomena Parish, Peoria; and Patricia Ostaszewski of Epiphany Parish, Normal. More than 50 volunteers have staffed the welcoming table during the two months since the cathedral extended visiting hours following the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before they visit the new tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, pilgrims to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria first encounter a smiling face and warm greeting from one of more than 50 volunteers who take turns at a table just inside the side chapel entrance door. “I hope to be a listening ear to […]

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Mother pens book about her son’s healing by God using Archbishop Fulton Sheen

"61 Minutes to a Mriacle: The True Story of a Family's Devotion" by Bonnie Engstrom (pictured) will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in September to mark the 100th anniversary of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's ordination at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

WASHINGTON — Somewhere amid the orange peels and Oreos, hot dogs and runny noses of everyday existence, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has made himself at home with Bonnie and Travis Engstrom and their children, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, they credit Archbishop Sheen with interceding before God on behalf […]

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N.Y. Appellate Court unanimously rules Sheen remains may be moved to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following news release was distributed by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on Tuesday afternoon, March 5. PEORIA — It is again with great joy that Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, and Promoter of the Cause for Canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, announces the unanimous decision of the New York State Supreme […]

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N.Y. court again rules Archbishop Sheen’s remains can be transferred to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

The niece of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has again been granted the legal right to transfer her uncle’s mortal remains from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Diocese of Peoria reacted with “great joy” to the ruling in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham’s petition issued June 8 […]

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Diocese remains confident as Sheen legal case returns to original New York court

The New York court has granted Joan Sheen Cunningham the right to remove the remains of her uncle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (pictured), from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City for transfer to St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

The Diocese of Peoria remained confident that legal issues surrounding the transfer of the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from New York to Peoria will soon be resolved after the New York Court of Appeals on Feb. 6 sent the case back to the original court for an evidentiary hearing. “Please continue your prayers […]

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St. Jude Catholic School student’s essay on Abp. Sheen wins national contest

Harry Penne, a fifth grader at St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, won top prize in the Catholic School Division, Grade 5, of the Catholic Textbook Project's History Essay Contest for his paper on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Harry Penne knew that Fulton Sheen was an archbishop, had been declared venerable, and was born “not so far away.” But it was a personal connection that made the sainthood candidate an ideal choice for the paper he submitted to the Fall 2016 Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest. A fifth-grader at St. Jude Catholic […]

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Hopes for Sheen transfer still high despite granting of emergency stay

The transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains is seen as a key factor in allowing the sainthood cause to move forward.

Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a Nov. 17 court ruling allowing the family of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria have been tempered by the subsequent granting of an emergency stay to the Archdiocese of New York, which plans to appeal the […]

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Peoria is now base for ‘Heroic Families’ founder; hopes to speak at many parishes

Dr. Peter Howard stands near a photo of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums at the Spalding Pastoral Center. Archbishop Sheen's "prophetic wisdom and spiritual legacy" is a favorite topic as Howard speaks around the country. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Comic books, TV shows and movie screens are packed with superheroes and their feats and as much fun as that can be, there’s nothing fictional about the need for heroes in family life today, according to theologian Peter Howard. Rather than using superpowers, however, these heroes must rely on the power of God to save […]

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Optimism, continued prayers for Sheen sainthood cause follow N.Y. hearing

A ruling on the requested transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Peoria is expected in the coming weeks.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, asked for continued prayers for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and diocesan leaders expressed optimism following a Nov. 1 hearing in the Supreme Court of the State of New York regarding the transfer of the famed orator and media pioneer’s remains to Peoria. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice […]

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