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, 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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New website,, to offer details ahead of possible beatification

This is a screenshot from, a website that will offer updated information regarding the Dec. 21 beatification ceremonies for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Are you looking for more information on the life of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen? Do you have questions about beatifications, canonizations, or plans regarding relics? Would you like to support the cause through prayer, volunteerism, or financial gifts? Answers to those and other questions are found at a newly launched website,, sponsored by […]

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Peoria Diocese announces court ruling on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Diocese of Peoria issued the following news release on Sunday, June 9, 2019. See related story here: — On June 7, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejected the final appeal of the Archdiocese of New York seeking to overturn earlier court decisions granting permission for […]

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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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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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‘Sainthood Ballot’ educates students on election process, holy men and women

Eighth-grader Andrew Lambe, deputy manager for Dorothy Day's "campaign," casts his vote in the "Sainthood Ballot" at St. Joseph School in Pekin on Election Day. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEKIN — Elections end with winners and losers, unless the contest is held at St. Joseph School. Students here used Election Day to cast votes in a “Sainthood Ballot” where all the candidates are winners ultimately. The ballot included six candidates — two Servants of God, two Venerables and two Blesseds — who are being […]

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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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No ‘bucket list’ or regrets, just desire to serve as Fr. DeBisschop copes with cancer

Father James DeBisschop stands near the window of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at Mary, Our Lady of Peace in Orion. The window was purchased in honor of the 27th anniversary of his priestly ordination in 2015. The prayer for healing through Sheen’s intercession is one that means a great deal to the priest, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ORION — Father James DeBisschop doesn’t want to live to be 100. He doesn’t even want to live to be an old man. He just wants to live to serve God. Cancer has made that hard to do over the last four years — but not impossible. “I just love being a parish priest, Father DeBisschop […]

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Family petitions N.Y. court to move Archbishop Sheen’s body to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes on his chalkboard during a broadcast of his Emmy Award-winning television program "Life is Worth Living" in this 1950s file photo.

The family of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of New York to allow the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains to Peoria. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 88, Archbishop Sheen’s niece and his oldest living relative, filed a petition on June 13 asking that the trustees of St. […]

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