#HappyBirthday Venerable Fulton Sheen 5/8/1895

8 May 2017

Reprinted from 2014

From the Blog, ArchBishop Fulton J Sheen, Servant of All

Peter John Sheen born May 8, 1895. His parents were Morris Newton Sheen and Delia Fulton. The Sheen’s lived in an apartment above the hardware store that Newt ran at 25 Front St. in El Paso, IL.


The store burnt to the ground and the Sheen family moved to a farm Newt inherited from his father.

Fulton Sheen as a child

Fulton Sheen as a child

In 1900 the family moved to Peoria, IL so Peter (Fulton) could attend St. Mary’s Cathedral school. His grandfather John Fulton enrolled him in school as Fulton Sheen.

St. Mary's Cathedral School, Peoria, IL

St. Mary’s Cathedral School, Peoria, IL

fulton j sheenFor more of the history of the life of the Venerable Fulton J Sheen, and the cause of his canonization please click HERE


Prayer for Canonization of Venerable Fulton J Sheen – Never Give Up!

23 April 2017

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Cause for Canonization appears to have new life, so we ask our readers to please continue to pray this official prayer for his canonization. We ask that you pray it daily for God’s Will to be done.


Prayer for Canonization of Venerable Fulton J Sheen

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.

If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


+Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria


The Battle Over Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Body via @CatholicLisa

5 September 2014

posted at
5 September 2014 A.D.


Yesterday, I posted Bishop Jenky’s statement about the suspension of the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The Vatican has weighed in saying that the suspension is expected to be temporary, and so has the Archdiocese of New York. What jumps out at me in the statement from the Archdiocese of New York are the conditions set forth which all appear to be based ultimately on the fact that “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen expressly stated his desire that his remains be buried in New York.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan did express a hesitance in exhuming the body, unless the Congregation for the Causes of Saints directed that it be done, unless the process was approved by the family, that it be done modestly and reverently, and that the exhumation met the requirements of New York State law. He consulted with the family, who gave their approval if it would help advance the cause.

Cardinal Dolan is personally hesitant, ultimately based on Sheen’s “expressly stated desire,” and that is actually where the disagreement on the matter is rooted, as I will explain below.
First, let’s look over Cardinal Dolan’s specific conditions. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints certainly has no objection to the body being moved. Archbishop Sheen was ordained in the Diocese of Peoria and it is the Diocese of Peoria which is leading his cause for sainthood. According to the Archdiocese of New York, the family does not object to moving his body “if it would help advance the cause.” New York State law cannot trump religious freedom, so citing New York State law seems both erroneous and dangerous to the cause of religious freedom. I imagine that the Vatican is not ordering the body to be moved because they believe that Cardinal Dolan should decide on his own that it is the right thing to do and is just waiting for him to come to that realization in his own time. The rest of us are quite impatient with him because it is so clearly the right thing to do.

The reason that it is the right thing to do and the reason that the faithful are so angry at Cardinal Dolan over this has to do with how we weigh “right” and “wrong” in the context of Church teaching on sainthood, sacrifice and the human body.

For the rest of the best post please click HERE

Bishop Morlino calls canonizations a ‘special gift from God’

8 May 2014

Bishop’s Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino at the Madison Catholic Herald
Thursday, May. 08, 2014

Bishop Robert C. Morlino and nearly one million others hear the proclamation of the Gospel at the Canonization Mass on April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico/L’Osservatore Romano)

Bishop Robert C. Morlino and nearly one million others hear the proclamation of the Gospel at the Canonization Mass on April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico/L’Osservatore Romano)

Dear Friends,

Last week I was blessed to take part in the wonderful Canonization ceremony and Mass of Thanksgiving for St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII. The experience certainly was one of the most precious of my entire life.

I was blessed to visit Rome for the first time in the mid-’70s and God’s providence has enabled me to return a good number of times. Yet, never once have I seen Rome so crowded as it was during those days leading up to the Canonizations. More so than the crowds that might gather at a secular event such as a World’s Fair, I was reminded of the crowds that fill the streets at World Youth Days.

‘Reverential joy’ in the air

There was not only a wonderful spirit of devotion, but also a tremendous number of energetic young people who moved around the city, even through the night, attending the numerous programs and opportunities for prayer in the various churches around Rome.

During those days, it was very easy to stop and chat with complete strangers and even to feel very bonded to them almost instantly. There was a very clear and proximate sense of the Universal Church and of our unity. That was the atmosphere, the environment against the background of which this wonderful celebration took place.

There was what I would call a “reverential joy” in the air, and despite the large numbers of people, that reverential joy often manifested itself through silence.

The silent moments during the Mass of Canonization were very full and almost miraculous given the one million people who were gathered in close quarters. The silence spoke volumes, as with so many languages and cultures represented (not to mention the rest of the world watching), we were able to be united in prayer on a very large and very profound scale.

By sheer providence (and absolutely nothing else), I wound up with a first row seat to
concelebrate the Canonization Mass with Pope Francis. This in itself allowed the splendor of the liturgy around me to envelop me at a very deep level. The strong beauty and glory of the moment was manifest in the ritual and the music, in the beauty of the vestments and other gestures. It was something that grabbed my soul at a very deep level.

And then there was the presence of Pope Francis, along with Pope-emeritus Benedict, who had come out of his seclusion to visit with old friends before the Mass. Benedict is clearly an inspiration to Pope Francis, and their embrace provided a very strong inspiration to me and elicited a strong cheer from the whole crowd. That remarkable gesture of unity tells us tons about the real hope that we can have in the Church for unity among ourselves.

The new saints

And then there were St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. George Weigel calls them the “bookends of the Second Vatican Council.” And so they are.

Pope Francis accentuated Pope John XXIII as a man of hope, open to the Spirit, and Pope John Paul II as a man of courage and “Pope of the Family.”

Both trusted completely in the Holy Spirit to bring about His intent, and both were most solidly rooted in tradition and yet in the desire to bring about real reform in continuity with the past. And indeed Pope Francis is the heir to this legacy, as he has publicly proclaimed.

The sense of Church, that one could almost taste in this celebration with almost 1,000 bishops and so many thousands of priests, was a wellspring of joy much as our two new Saints were popes both of hope and of courage.

For many of us, our lives have been defined by the papacy on St. John Paul. Especially so many of our younger people find their Catholic identity rooted in his hope, his strength, and his sacrificial witness — from the moment he began his pontificate, to the extreme suffering of his final illness before he went to the House of the Father.

So, too, Pope John XXIII opened new doors and windows left and right, wanting the truth of Christ in its integrity to flow out through those doors and windows to embrace and to overwhelm the world with the love of Christ.

He’s often considered a reformer, yet St. John XXIII was also a man of tradition and of history. It’s noteworthy that one of the first things St. John XXIII attempted to do as Pope was to restore the Latin language to the study of theology in seminaries. Shortly before, an attempt had been made to switch the language for the study of theology to the vernacular. But Pope St. John XXIII, seeing the difficulties involved with the change, wanted the truth proclaimed in its integrity and made attempts to stem the change and restore Latin.
‘An incredible gift’

Along with Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, the awesome presence of these two new Saints lovingly watching over the crowds and over our celebration was unmistakable and an incredible gift. Their presence was also a very strong testimony of Christ present to us through those who are Successors of Peter even up to the present moment.

The ceremony and Mass of Canonization are available on the internet, and I strongly encourage our faithful in the Diocese of Madison to take advantage of the opportunity to view this marvelous celebration.

Please enter into it prayerfully so as to witness the Holy Spirit so clearly revealing Himself in that celebration. See the loving unity manifest between Popes Francis and Benedict and see the loving unity in continuity revealed through the Petrine ministries of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.
Universality of the Church

This is a unique opportunity to experience the universality of the Church — that is, the universality of Christ’s love for His people, through our Church. It is a wonderful moment to allow oneself, without reservation, to experience and to express love for the Church and for the Holy Fathers.

Only the Catholic Church could engage such a worldwide celebration as She has done many times in the past. Indeed the Church is alive.

Please let us not allow this precious moment to pass us by as something that will be quickly forgotten. This is such an important moment for the coming to life of the true meaning of the Second Vatican Council. This moment is a special gift from God and we would be gravely mistaken to allow this Kairos, this time of visitation from the Lord in a very direct and special way, to pass us by.

Thank you for reading this. God bless each one of you. Christ is risen; indeed He is risen!

morlinocolumnThis column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison.WI Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Oh, it’s GOOD to be Catholic: “Canonization Eye Candy” from @FatherZ

27 April 2014

Posted by Father John Zuhlsdorf
at his blog, “Father Z’s Blog”
27 April 2014 A.D.

It is a “four Pope” day.

Frankie and Benedict

The Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints asks the Pope three times in urgent terms to inscribe the names of blesseds in the “album” of the saints.

cause of canonization

Relics of the saints are placed on display and venerated.


And here is a shot of His Mightiness, the Extraordinary Ordinary <[Emphasis, AlwaysCatholic], Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison.< Sofia’s Bishop…oh yeah!

Bishop Morlino 1

What to say?

Francis and Benedict

For more yummies click HERE to go see Father Z!

Novena in Honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Day Nine via “Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter”

3 July 2013

From Emmy Cecilia at her blog,
Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter,
July 3, 2013

Novena in Honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Day Nine

  (side note: Baby Bl. Pier Giorgio!!!!)

Day Nine:
Jesus says: “Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account.Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “We who by the grace of God are Catholics must steel ourselves for the battle we shall certainly have to fight to fulfill our program and to give our country, in the not too distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society. But to achieve this we need constant prayer to obtain from God that grace without which all our powers are useless.”

–>For the rest of the Novena and for the Litany of Blessed Giorgio (for private devotion) please go HERE!

Novena in Honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Day Eight via “Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter”

2 July 2013

From Emmy Cecilia at her blog,

  Day Eight:
Jesus says: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth – that is not living, but existing.”

–>For the rest of the Novena and for the Litany of Blessed Giorgio (for private devotion) please go HERE!

Novena in Honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Day Four via “Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter”

28 June 2013

From Emmy Cecilia at her blog,

  Day Four:

Jesus says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “What wealth it is to be in good health, as we are! But we have the duty of putting our health at the service of those who do not have it. To act otherwise would be to betray that gift of God.”

–>For the rest of the Novena and for the Litany of Blessed Giorgio (for private devotion) please go HERE!

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Fourth of July Feast Day Celebration! Join the Novena, starts 6/25

24 June 2013

24 June 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Today I noticed a tweet by one of my favorite bloggers,Emmy Cecilia. She writes at her blog, Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter she and is a wonderful writer who loves being Catholic and Jane Austen. So do I. Today she has posted Day One of the Novena in honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati which starts tomorrow.

As a teenager my Mom taught me about tons of Saints and Beata. Saint Therese, of course is my favorite, but I have a great top ten list. On the top of that list is Blessed Frassati, His life is a saintly example for people my age. He died young (24) but lived a BIG life in Christ.

As I enter college in January, (Bootcamp and Training with the National Guard first) I am praying to Blessed Frassati to help give me the fortitude to endure secular society and be strong in my Catholic Faith. I am cross-posting Emmy Cecilia’s post here everyday so that all will have the opportunity to visit here and her blog to pray the Novena.

Thank you, Emmy Cecilia! I love the Jane Austen Font on the title of your blog. :)


From Emmy Cecilia at her blog,
Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter
June 25, 2013

Novena in Honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – Day One

  Day One:

Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Pier Giorgio responds: “The faith given to me in Baptism surely suggests to me that of yourself you will do nothing; but if you have God as the center of all your actions, then you will reach the goal.”

–>For the rest of the Novena and for the Litany of Blessed Giorgio (for private devotion) please go HERE!

For more information about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and the youth he has inspired here in the U.S. please visit FrassatiUSA . You may leave your Novena intentions there. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, ora pro nobis!

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