Saint Gilbert? Chesterton Cause Gets Underway

G.K. Chesterton, the rotund Catholic writer whose acclaimed works include poetry and apologetics as well as biographies of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas, is one step closer to sainthood.

The Diocese of Northampton today announced that Bishop Peter Doyle had appointed a priest to begin the study of Chesterton’s virtue and life.  According to the statement which was released today,

“The Bishop has appointed Canon John Udris, a priest of the Diocese and currently a spiritual director at St. Mary’s College, Oscott, to undertake a fact-finding exercise on his behalf.”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a convert to the Roman Catholic faith.  He was a prolific writer, lay theologian, dramatist, journalist, orator and Christian biographer, whose best known works include Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.  He died June 14, 1936 at his home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

If you have information which would assist in the fact-finding, you can reach Canon John Udris at St. Mary’s College, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, 873 5AA, United Kingdom.  The email address established for the investigation is