A special Sheen

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting the niece of a future saint — and a personal hero — the now-Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Joan Sheen Cunningham dropped by the offices of CNEWA to say hello to her old friend, the agency’s president, Msgr. John Kozar. Kozar has been active (along with Cunningham) in the [Read More...]

“St. Thomas definitely landed on this very spot…”

Today the Latin church marks the feast of the celebrated “Doubting Thomas,” the skeptic who became a saint. Tradition holds that after the resurrection, St. Thomas the Apostle traveled to India.   But what happened after that? Here’s a glimpse at the region he visited, from two years ago in the pages of ONE: “St. [Read More...]

Remembering St. Ephrem, the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”

Today is this great deacon saint’s feast.  I rather like the icon of him, shown above.  Those of us who spend a lot of our time poised over pages of words — or screens of text — can relate.  He has three desks, and too many words to keep track of! A little background on [Read More...]

Waiting for a miracle for Blessed George Matulaitis

He has a loyal and devoted following in Chicago, where a significant anniversary on his path to sainthood was celebrated this weekend: If a group of local Catholics have a say in the matter, the late Archbishop George (Jurgis) Matulaitis could soon join the saintly ranks of Michael the archangel, Joan of Arc and John [Read More...]

“We’re not going to compromise”: Blessed Kateri shrine turns down New York tourism grant

Details: Officials from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs have turned down a $750 tourism grant from Montgomery County to help pay for the canonization ceremony of Kateri Tekakwitha. The county Board of Supervisors awarded the grant in February, one of several given to area agencies to promote tourism. County officials believe as many [Read More...]

Teenager walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine for a dying friend

This is the sort of thing that gives you hope for the next generation: Andrew Domini’s feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner. As he paused a [Read More...]

Fr. Walter Ciszek begins the path to sainthood — UPDATED

Details: A Catholic priest buried at the Jesuit Center at Wernersville cleared the first hurdle on the road to sainthood Monday, the Allentown Diocese announced. The Rev. Walter J. Ciszek, a native of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, attended St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church and school in Shenandoah before becoming a celebrated Jesuit priest who was held [Read More...]

Sainthood cause to begin for Boys Town founder Father Flanagan

The Archdiocese of Omaha will start the ball rolling next month to have Father Edward J. Flanagan declared a saint. Details: Flanagan dedicated much of his life to ministering to orphans and troubled youth, and is best remembered for establishing in 1917 the Omaha orphanage Father Flanagan’s Boys Home. The archdiocese will formally open the [Read More...]

Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist

That would be Bishop Nicolas Steno.  Google’s description of him: Google revealed its latest homescreen Google Doodle today, this time commemorating the birth of Nicolas Steno, a 17th century researcher and bishop who straddled the worlds of science and religion. Born on this day, all the way back in 1683, Steno studied medicine at the University of [Read More...]

Kateri’s miracle

With Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha about to be declared a saint, new attention is focusing on the American boy whose miraculous healing is making that possible: Pope Benedict XVI has decreed that a Sandy Point boy’s recovery from the flesh-eating bacteria that nearly killed him in 2006 is a miracle that can be attributed to Blessed [Read More...]


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