Showing posts with label sainthood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sainthood. Show all posts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pope puts another British woman on road to sainthood

From The Daily Mail-

Pope Francis yesterday moved a British woman closer to sainthood for the second time in less than a month.

He formally declared that Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, a little-known Carmelite nun, had lived a life of ‘heroic virtue’.

His decree opens the way for the search for two miracles first to declare her ‘Blessed’ and finally to canonise her as a saint.

Born Sophie Leeves, Mother Mary Veronica founded the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel, a religious congregation of Carmelite nuns based in India.

She was born in 1823 in Constantinople to the Rev. Henry Daniel Leeves, an Anglican chaplain to the British Embassy there, and Marina Haultain, the daughter of a Colonel in British Army.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pope honours Lincolnshire vicar's daughter Frances Taylor with 'second stage of sainthood'

From the UK-

Frances Taylor, the Lincolnshire-born founder of a Roman Catholic order of nuns, is well on her way to being declared a saint - 114 years after her death.

Pope Francis, the leader of the faith, has declared that she can be called "Venerable."

It means that the youngest daughter of an 19th century Lincolnshire rector has been officially recognised for her "heroic virtues."

And the Vatican announcement marks the second stage in the process of being declared a saint.

Born in Stoke Rochford, near Grantham, in 1832, Frances was the youngest daughter of Anglican rector Henry Taylor.

Her experiences as volunteer nurse in the Crimean War alongside Florence Nightingale led her to convert to Roman Catholicism in 1855.

And in 1872, aged 40, she founded the religious order of nuns the Poor Servants of the Mother of God.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rooting for Mother Teresa

From The New York Times-

POPE FRANCIS last week approved two of his predecessors for sainthood — John Paul II and John XXIII — fast-tracking the latter in spite of his having only one miracle to his credit rather than the usual two. Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, has not been given the same exemption (she also has just one miracle) and remains merely beatified.

Having volunteered for a time with Mother Teresa, I find myself rooting for her cause as if for the home team. And on principle I’m disappointed by the message sent when two men with complex legacies outpace a woman who devoted herself completely to serving others.

To many Roman Catholics, Mother Teresa, who was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in 1910 of Albanian heritage, was the religion’s best ambassador. “She was one of the only things we learned about in Catholic school that I thought made total sense,” a friend of mine recently told me.

Two years before Mother Teresa died, I saw her work firsthand. I was 18, traveling around the world alone for the better part of a year. After spending time in Bangladesh, I entered India via what was then Calcutta (now Kolkata), staying at a dollar-a-night dormitory called the Hotel Maria. I slept on the roof, and there met some Australians who were volunteering for Mother Teresa. One day I joined them.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

In 'Lent Madness,' saints vie for the Golden Halo

From St. Louis-

As college basketball fans prepare for March Madness, a holier tournament already has Christians rooting and cheering this Lenten season.

For three years running, "Lent Madness" has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fans.

This Lenten devotional, first created by the Rev. Tim Schenck on his blog "Clergy Family Confidential," allows readers to learn about and vote for the saints presented daily on the website, with the winning saints moving closer to the coveted prize of the Golden Halo.
"I was looking for a fun way to embrace the Lenten season," said Schenck, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hingham, Mass.

"Lent doesn't have to be all doom and gloom," said Schenck. His goal, he says, is to help people "connect with the risen Christ during this season" and to "have a bit of fun in the process."
Combining his love of sports and passion for the saints, the Lent Madness competition includes 32 holy men and women from the Episcopal Calendar of Saints. The saints move through the Round of the Saintly Sixteen, the Elate Eight and the Final Four. After the championship, the winning saint is crowned with the Golden Halo on the Wednesday before Easter.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Evidence of alleged miracle credited to Archbishop Sheen heads to Rome

From Illinois via Boston-

Boxes wrapped in ribbon and a happy little boy are Christmas images, but the combination had another joyful meaning Dec. 11 during ceremonies closing the Diocese of Peoria's inquiry into an alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

"May God, who has begun this great work, bring it to fulfillment," said Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky after affixing a wax seal on a box containing evidence gathered in the past three months by an investigative tribunal. The assembly gathered for the special Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral responded with sustained applause.

That evidence is now on its way to Rome for consideration by the Congregation for Saints' Causes. The congregation is studying the sainthood cause of Archbishop Sheen, a central Illinois native and priest of the Peoria Diocese who became an internationally known evangelist, radio/TV personality, writer and missionary.

In a pew just outside the cathedral sanctuary, the focus of the testimonies contained in the box -- 15-month-old James Fulton Engstrom -- sat contentedly with his parents and two older siblings, squirming occasionally as all healthy little boys will do.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The life of heroic nurse Sister Dora is honoured

From Birmingham England-

HEROIC nurse and Anglican nun Sister Dora is often known as Walsall’s answer to Florence Nightingale in her compassionate care for townsfolk.

Born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison on January 16, 1832 at Hauxwell, a small North Yorkshire village, she arrived in the town on January 8, 1865 and devoted the rest of her days to nursing, particularly those with industrial illnesses.

Before that Dorothy, the second youngest child of the Rev Mark James Pattison, and sister of the scholar Mark Pattison Jnr, had run the village school at Little Woolstone, Buckinghamshire.

In the autumn of 1864, she joined the Sisterhood of the Good Samaritans at Coatham, Middlesbrough and was soon posted to Walsall’s tiny cottage hospital in Bridge Street.

Ruth Vyse, manager of Walsall Local History Centre said: “She ran the cottage hospital till her death in 1878 and made it a model of its kind, in terms of the standard of care it gave to patients.

“She had an influence in the wider world, too, as an example of how nursing should be carried out. There were a lot of concerns about nurses at the time, but she trained a lot of them – many going on to be very successful – while also continuing to learn herself.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Damien returns to Kalaupapa: Lifelong servant, eternal saint

From Maui News-

KALAUPAPA Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, gave a big mahalo to the residents of Molokai on Saturday while conducting a thanksgiving Mass in honor of recently canonized St. Damien.

"We gave him to you as a human being, and you gave him back as a saint," Danneels said during his homily at St. Philomena Church on the windswept coast of Kalawao. "For that, we thank you."

"It was here (Hawaii) that Damien was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Here he began his heroic journey as Father Damien. Hawaii can be proud, and the whole world along with it. Yes, here it is appropriate to be proud of this heroic man."

Danneels was the highest-ranking official in one of the largest gatherings of Catholic bishops ever on the Neighbor Islands. Joining Daneels and Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva were 11 bishops and one archbishop, all from California.

Shuttled to the remote peninsula from Honolulu and topside Molokai by a handful of chartered aircraft, the clergy joined residents of Kalaupapa and Molokai in celebrating Damien's canonization

"I thought it was beautiful," Bishop Silva said. "I thought the cardinal's words were very touching."

Kalaupapa resident Norbert Palea was on hand to share his aloha, baked goods and even a few choruses of "Chattanooga Choo Choo." He said the people of Kalaupapa have been on a high since Damien's canonization.

"It was a very happy day," Palea said. "We waited a long, long time. It was overdue."

As a resident of Kalaupapa for 62 years, the former Hansen's disease patient said Damien's message is as pertinent today as it was in 1873, when the young Belgian priest first volunteered to serve at Kalaupapa.

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