An American martyr, overdue for recognition

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 13, 2014

Exactly twelve years have passed since the brutal slaying of Mary Stachowicz.

Seven years have passed since I suggested the opening of a formal cause for her beatification. My own opinion doesn’t count for much, but Bishop Thomas Paprocki (who knew her well) agrees that “she died as a martyr for her faith.”

Back in 2010, I repeated my suggestion, adding:

Her death was awful. But the suffering of Mary Stachowicz ended 8 years ago. Today, many thousands of Catholics could draw courage from her heroic witness—if they heard about it.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Nov. 13, 2014 10:35 PM ET USA

    Bishop Paprocki is a bishop, knew her, employed her, and is a canon lawyer. He's perfect for getting her cause going. I would suggest writing to him and get the ball rolling.