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Bishop Jenky invites all to join in nine-day novena starting Dec. 12 for Sheen cause

In this screen grab from YouTube, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, invites participation in a nine-day novena starting on Dec. 12 asking God "to remove all obstacles" for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The novena, including text and daily videos and posted at celebratesheen.com, spread quickly around the globe. The bishop is shown in front of the tomb of the famed media pioneer, author and evangelist at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

Supporters of the canonization cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been invited to take part in a nine-day novena starting Dec. 12 to “petition God unceasingly to remove all obstacles” for the beatification of the media pioneer, author and evangelist. “We are confident in the power of prayer,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Sheen beatification in Peoria on Dec. 21 ‘an early Christmas present from the pope’

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

With joy and thanksgiving, officials and faithful throughout the Diocese of Peoria and around the globe welcomed Monday’s announcement that Pope Francis has called for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in Peoria on Dec. 21, 2019. “It was a surprise, an early Christmas present from the pope, and it is truly a […]

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Legal dispute ends; Archbishop Sheen’s remains will be transferred to Peoria

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

(UPDATED — June 19, 2019) The mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will soon be coming home to his native Diocese of Peoria. And that news has diocesan officials anticipating a reopening of the famed orator and media pioneer’s Cause for Beatification, leading to a hoped-for Beatification Mass that would take place in […]

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Diocese preparing to move Sheen to Peoria; responds to NY statement

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 issued the following statement June 12 regarding the transfer of the remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, and addresses a statement issued yesterday, June 11, by the Archdiocese of New York. Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Preparations Begin […]

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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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Diocesan pilgrims travel to Oklahoma for beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother

Sister M. Loretta Matas, DSF, of Lacon venerates the relic of Blessed Stanley Rother before the Mass for his beatification begins in Oklahoma City. The regional superior of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, she said to have the beatification take place in the United States was a blessing for the whole church. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

OKLAHOMA CITY — No one knows what will be asked of them when they make a commitment to follow Christ. Certainly Father Stanley Rother could not have known that he would be called to make the ultimate sacrifice when he volunteered to serve in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s mission in Guatemala. But on Sept. […]

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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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Bloomington’s Tina Sipula provides testimony for Dorothy Day’s cause

In this provided photo from 1978, Tina Sipula sits with Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, who urged her to keep the "house of hospitality" she was planning in Bloomington small and personable, and to see the face of Christ in every person.

  By the time Tina Sipula met Dorothy Day in New York, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement was 80 and had largely withdrawn from public life. The older woman seemed to recognize a kindred spirit in her young visitor from Bloomington, however, and their week of encounters changed Sipula’s life forever. On June […]

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