Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Servant of God Fulton Sheen moving closer to beatification

And some GULP Exam for you...

 Oh and here is the Rome Reports video of the miracle


PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- 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. [VEEERRRYYY Special if you watch the video below.]

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. "For a lot of us it felt like a full-circle moment," said James' mother, Bonnie Engstrom, of the official ceremonies that took place at the start of Mass.

Among those in attendance were members of the tribunal as well as the Archbishop Sheen Foundation. Bonnie Engstrom recalled sitting in the same cathedral -- where Archbishop Sheen had been ordained in 1919 -- a few days after James' birth and "begging for a miracle" during a holy hour attended by family and friends. Considered stillborn on Sept. 16, 2010, after a routine pregnancy, James was without a pulse for the first 61 minutes of his life. It was only when doctors at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria were ready to call the time of death that his heart started beating. The doctors had warned the parents he might not be able to function normally, but they were proved wrong. "It's an amazing story," said Msgr. Jason Gray, who served as episcopal delegate to the investigative tribunal and was responsible for guiding the process.

An oath of secrecy sworn by tribunal members kept Msgr. Gray from commenting further about the findings of the tribunal or expectations regarding its review in Rome.


And here are more about this wonderful news.

I am happy for this development as Archbishop Fulton Sheen is one of the patrons and inspirations of this blog and this blogger.

I watched with anticipation the Mass...until....

You find out.  This is one for God's Undercover Liturgical Police aka GULP

No not the Papal Knights nor the Knights of Columbus Honor Guards...though the entrance of the Honor Guards did not follow the standard protocol.  Honor Guards ALWAYS are the first to enter and the last to leave.


You can watch more videos about the Cause of Canonization of Archbishop Sheen from the Postulation's YouTube Channel.


  1. Hmmm... let me see...

    What were some of the altar girls wearing?
    Too many torches (I counted ten)
    I'm not sure, but I don't think that the box should be held aloft in procession (in the same way as the cross and the Evangeliarium are)
    The positioning of the Knights somewhat disrupted the flow of the procession (at the rear should be the presybters, then the bishop, for a stational Mass)
    Too many Emcees leading too much of the procession
    The miter was rose instead of white, which is the proper color.
    The pectoral cross was worn outside the chasuble rather than inside.
    The bishop did not need to incense the altar with three double swings before going around it since the cross was not on the altar.
    The altar looks like a catafalque because of the positioning of the candles.

    Some things that gladdened me, though:
    The bishop was wearing his choir cassock.
    The music was good.
    The vimps were wearing vimpae

  2. honestly I hate to see a female altar server no matter how pretty she is...
    The acolytes are wearing a purple band cincture, only the bishops and the canons has the right to wear because of their office.
    and what's with the box

    the the sir knights must be the one in lead ahead the procession.

    The cantor is using the lectern, remember the GIRM discourages it

    Candles on the floor and there's no crucifix but only an image.


  3. Indeed, I thought I was looking at a procession of monsignors acting as acolytes!

    However, I recall an image of a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica served by the seminarians from the Pontifical Urban College who wore a surplice over their distinctive house cassocks, which included a red sash (a simple one, much like the ones seen in the video here).

    And was that a deacon carrying the processional cross? It would make more sense if this was based from the (IIRC) Spanish tradition of acolytes wearing tunicles during processions. Then again, I'm not sure if I saw a deacon's stole underneath that...

    Also, what *were* some of the female altar servers wearing? From the looks of it, it appears to be a chimere (why blue?). Or rather, a fusion of a chimere with a surplice (to be a female equivalent of the cassock and surplice the male servers were wearing?), in that the chimere-like thing had box pleats in the back and was shortened to be about knee-length. A chirplice, as one might call it?

    Other than that, the readers before me have pretty much said anything else I had to say.