×

謝謝您的支持!

Thank You For Your Support!

Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Loyal Son of the Church on the Road to Sainthood | Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
S+L logo

Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Loyal Son of the Church on the Road to Sainthood

August 22, 2013
The diocesan phase of the cause of canonization for Fulton Sheen – the phase in which officials his home diocese meet with people who knew him or were touched by his work and gather evidence to show he lived a life of heroic virtues – was closed in 2008 and the related documents were sent to the Vatican.
December 11, 2011 marked the official closing of the tribunal into an alleged miracle through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  On June 28, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen ‘VENERABLE.”  The recognition of his heroic virtues means Fulton Sheen is just “Venerable” for now, but this is the first step towards sainthood. Church officials are now examining a case of extraordinary healing which took place thanks to his intercession. This could soon lead to his beatification.
Born in El Paso, Illinois, in the Diocese of Peoria, John Fulton Sheen was ordained a priest of that diocese in 1919.  He eventually left his central Illinois roots and became known nationwide as the host of pioneering radio and television programs, including "The Catholic Hour" and "Life Is Worth Living." The latter was a television series that aired from 1951 to 1957 and attracted an estimated 30 million weekly viewers.
Archbishop Sheen taught philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, 1926-50, and was national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1950-66.  In 1966 Sheen was appointed Bishop of Rochester, New York.
20091112cnsbr00183_350
He died in 1979 just a few months after Pope John Paul II praised him during his historic visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for Sheen’s commitment to the announcement of the Gospel.
A relatively unknown fact is that during the Second Vatican Council, Bishop Sheen, who attended the Council, worked closely with then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, a theological expert, on the commission for mission.
The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen is a not only a regular fixture on the S+L broadcast schedule, but an inspiration to our entire team as well. Archbishop Sheen was ahead of his time when he took to the airways to teach the faith in a way that viewers of his day could connect to.
Archbishop Sheen "wanted to get to heaven ... wanted to bring all of us with him ... wanted to be a saint. ... wanted us to be saints, too," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in a homily during an anniversary mass marking Sheen’s death.
"With his voice Fulton J. Sheen gave us the story of Jesus, the 'greatest story ever told,' the way the stained-glass windows of the medieval cathedrals, or the brush strokes of a Raphael, a Fra Angelico, a Giotto once did," Dolan said.
"For him, this Jesus was alive, still active, still powerful, still teaching, still healing, still leading us to heaven, because, you see, the incarnation was still going on: The word was still taking flesh; God was still becoming man."
Join us at Salt and Light Television in praying for the cause of canonization of Fulton Sheen, a loyal son of the Church and an apostle of the New Evangelization through media.
For more information about the cause for canonization of Archbishop Sheen, visit archbishopsheencause.org
----
(CNS file photo)
 
 
 
 
Related posts
The Big Fish, the Great Catch, the Ultimate Commission
FacebookTwitter
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 21st, 2018 Those with literal minds will question many things about the Jonah story [Jonah 3:1-5, 10]: the great fish, the size and population of ...read more
The Cost of Our Discipleship
FacebookTwitter
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 14th, 2018 Reflecting on today’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the Ger ...read more
Life on the Other Side of the Tracks: <br>  A Visit to the Leper Centre and Colony in Titagarh
FacebookTwitter
Life on the Other Side of the Tracks: A Visit to the Leper Centre and Colony in Titagarh founded by Mother Teresa in 1979 Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Throughout history, few diseases have been as dreaded a ...read more
Nations Will Come to Your Light
FacebookTwitter
Epiphany of our Lord – Sunday, January 7th, 2018 What “stirring” readings we hear in the Epiphany liturgy! Consider the scene from Isaiah’s prophecy (60:1-6). Gentiles come fro ...read more
Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family in a Very Holy Place
FacebookTwitter
Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family in a Very Holy Place [Fr. Thomas Rosica is in Calcutta, giving conferences to the Missionaries of Charity at their various centres for the poor and dying. He i ...read more