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#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


Fulton Sheen and the Playfulness of the Gospel

14 April 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015 by: Br. Innocent Smith, O.P. at Dominica Blog


This post is the second part of a series on Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

St. Philip Neri once remarked to a Dominican friar, “All that I have of good I owe to your fathers of San Marco.” Could the same be said of Fulton Sheen?

In his autobiography, Sheen speaks movingly (and amusingly) about his friendship with a certain Fr. Smith:

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While it would perhaps be going too far to attribute all of Fulton Sheen’s goodness to Ignatius Smith, it is striking to note the aspect of joy and good humor that Sheen associates with Smith. (Although Sheen doesn’t give any specific examples, one story that is part of the oral tradition at the Dominican House of Studies is that Ignatius Smith, a talented organist, would occasionally slip in a few bars of “Goodnight Ladies” into the recessional as the good Sisters were departing from Sunday Vespers.) Ignatius Smith was able to share a sense of joy with his friend, which Sheen in turn passed on to his students. Entering the classroom laughing, Sheen could give the whole classroom the opportunity to get in on the joke.

For St. Thomas Aquinas, the great master of Fulton Sheen and Ignatius Smith alike, the virtue of eutrapelia (playfulness or pleasantness) is necessary in order to have a proper balance in our lives and to avoid the soul becoming overburdened with seriousness. As Sheen writes in his autobiography, “[T]here is a close relationship between faith and humor. We say of those who lack a sense of humor that they are ‘too thick’; that means they are opaque like a brick wall. Humor, on the contrary, is ‘seeing through’ things like a windowpane. Materialists, humanists, and atheists all take this world very seriously because it is the only world they are ever going to have. He who possesses faith knows that this world is not the only one, and therefore can be regarded rather lightly.”

We are but pilgrims in this present world, journeying to our heavenly homeland. But we have a choice: we can be like whining children, grating the ears of their parents in the front seats with cries of “are we there yet?”—or we can entertain our fellow pilgrims with humor and good cheer.

Image: Archbishop Fulton Sheen blessing Dominican missionaries to Lebanon and Pakistan (Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., August 31, 1956)

Thank you to Dominica Blog. Please visit there for so much more on Fulton J Sheen and other authentically Catholic reading.

Fulton Sheen Week! It’s ON!

13 April 2015

Posted on April 13, 2015 by: The Editor at Dominicana Blog


This week, The Catholic University of America is hosting “Archbishop Fulton Sheen Week.” As his cause for beatification is underway, the University chose this year to celebrate Sheen’s life, as 2015 marks the 75th Anniversary of Sheen’s first television appearance (Easter Sunday, 1940, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City). At that time, Sheen was celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Catholic Hour Radio Show. He would later go on to host a television series, Life Is Worth Living, a major step for the Church in evangelization through media.

Dominicana Journal will be publishing blog posts on Sheen this week, in conjunction with CUA’s efforts to celebrate his life and promote his cause. A full schedule of events at CUA can be found here, as well as a video archive of Sheen’s time at the University and elsewhere.

Recordings of Sheen’s Life is Worth Living series are available here (in mp3) or you can download the app!

Image: Sheen at prayer

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.

Santo Subito! Deo Gratias!

4 September 2013

Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square hold up handkerchiefs featuring Blessed John Paul II the day after his beatification in 2011. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.The cardinal told Vatican Radio Aug. 20 that only Pope Francis knows for sure the date he will proclaim the two popes saints, although he already implied that it is likely to be in 2014.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him from Brazil to Rome July 28, Pope Francis said he had been considering Dec. 8, but the possibility of icy roads could make it difficult for Polish pilgrims who would travel by bus to Rome for the ceremony.

Another option, he said, would be April 27, which is the Sunday after Easter and the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration instituted worldwide by Pope John Paul.

Asked to describe the two late popes, Pope Francis said Blessed John was “a bit of the ‘country priest,’ a priest who loves each of the faithful and knows how to care for them; he did this as a bishop and as a nuncio.”

He was holy, patient, had a good sense of humor and, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council, was a man of courage, Pope Francis said. “He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord.”

As for Blessed John Paul, he told the reporters on the plane, “I think of him as ‘the great missionary of the church,” because he was “a man who proclaimed the Gospel everywhere.”

Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the miracle needed for Blessed John Paul’s canonization July 5; the same day, the Vatican announced that the pope had agreed with the cardinal members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes that the canonization of Blessed John should go forward even without a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

Before declaring new saints, the pope consults with cardinals around the world and calls a consistory — a gathering attended by any cardinal who wants and is able to attend — where those present voice their support for the pope’s decision. A date for a canonization ceremony is announced formally only during or immediately after the consistory.

Except in the case of martyrdom, Vatican rules require one miracle for a candidate’s beatification and a second for his or her canonization as confirmations that the candidate really is in heaven with God.

From According to their sources April 27, 2014 is the date Pope Francis was said to have told the sources in front of Vatican officials. Newsmax says it’s their exclusive. We shall see.

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!

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!

Pro-life champion John Paul II to be beatified

15 January 2011


by Patrick B. Craine ROME, Italy, January 14, 2011 ( – Venerable John Paul II (1920-2005), a beloved model and leader to many in the pro-life and pro-family movement, is to be beatified on May 1st, the Vatican announced Friday. The announcement comes after the miraculous healing of a French nun was confirmed Tuesday by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Sr. Marie Simon Pierre Normand, a religious of the ‘Institut des Petites Soeurs des Maternites Catholiques’ who had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, was determined to have made a scientifically inexplicable recovery, which has been attributed by the Vatican to the late pope’s intercession.

The beatification decree, issued by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, describes John Paul II’s pontificate as “an eloquent and clear sign, not only for Catholics, but also for world public opinion, for people of all colour and creed.”

More here…

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