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Illinois diocese sends evidence of Sheen miracle to Rome

December 14, 2011

During a special Mass at Peoria’s cathedral on December 11, Bishop Daniel Jenky concluded the diocesan phase of the investigation into an infant’s healing attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979).

James Fulton Engstrom, now 15 months old, was deemed stillborn at his birth and did not have a pulse for the first hour of his life. The case now heads to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for further investigation.

“With every step they wanted to flesh out the details, and do it with integrity and honesty,” the boy’s mother said. “Not that we wouldn’t expect that from the Church, but the extent was really impressive.”

“May God, who has begun this great work, bring it to fulfillment,” said Bishop Jenky. “Today, our local church has a special reason to rejoice.”

Sheen was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919; he later served as Auxiliary Bishop of New York (1951-66) and Bishop of Rochester (1966-69). Pope Paul VI conferred upon Sheen the personal title of archbishop in 1969.


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