Bishop Fulton Sheen


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May 8, 1895 Born in El Paso, IL as Peter John Sheen Bishop Sheen's mother, father and brothers
May 12, 1895 Christened, St. Mary's Church, El Paso, IL St. Mary's Original Church - Birth and Baptismal
May 1899 - 1913 Family moved to farm near Peoria, IL to attend Catholic schools. Known as Fulton, attended St. Mary's Grade School and Spalding Institute St. Mary's of Peoria
1913 Began attending St. Viator College, Bourbonnais, IL Graduation Picture from St. Viator College
1917 Entered St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul MN.
September 20, 1919 Ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, IL St. Mary's Cathedral - Peoria, IL
1920 Earned bachelor's degrees in theology and canon law, Catholic University, Washington, D.C. Catholic University Logo
1923 Earned doctorate, University of Louvain, Belgium, later earning the Cardinal Mercier award for best philosophical treatise Brussels Belguim
1925-26 Served as assistant pastor, St. Patrick's Church, Peoria, IL (9 months) Peoria around 1910-1920
1926-1950 Taught philosophy, The Catholic University of America Catholic University
1930-1950 March 2 - Sheen's NBC radio show The Catholic Hour debuts. It ultimately reached an audience of over four million listeners and he received as many as 6,000 letters a day Bishop Sheen on radio
1934 Received title of "Very Reverend Monsignor" and was made a papal chamberlain of Pope Pius XI Pope Pius XI
July 17, 1948 Professed as member of Secular Carmelites (Lay Third Order of Carmel) Coat of Arms of the Secular Carmelites

Began regular secular syndicated newspaper column, “Bishop Sheen Writes.” Continued for 30 years.  Wrote “God Loves You” column for Catholic press during much of the same period.

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1950-1966 Served as national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, raising millions of dollars for missionary efforts Junior Propagation of Faith Membership booklet
June 11, 1951 Consecrated an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York Consecration of Bishop Sheen
1952-1957 February 12 - Life Is Worth Living, a weekly television program, first aired on the DuMont Television Network and then, in 1956, on ABC on over 123 TV stations and 300 radio stations, reaching an estimated 30 million people each week. Wrote newspaper columns, e.g. "God Loves You" and "Bishop Sheen Writes." Attracted many to the Catholic faith, e.g. Clare Booth Luce and Henry Ford II. On Tv
1953 Won Emmy award for Life is Worth Living Emmy Award
1957 Television series on the life of Christ and later the series Quo Vadis America? Sheen on TV
1966 Named Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester (New York)
The Bishop Sheen Program premiered in color
Sacred Heart Cathedral - Rochester NY
1968 Knights of Columbus, 1st and 2nd Degrees, Council 178, Rochester, New York; 4th Degree, Bishop James E. Kearney Assembly #723, Rochester. Supreme Council - Knights of Columbus 
1969 Retired and returned to New York City to teach and lead retreats. Later granted title of titular archbishop of Newport Wales St. Patrick's of New York 
1969 & 1971 Preached at Carmelite Church, Whitefriar Street, Dublin, Ireland  
1973 Preached novena on St. Thrse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, Dublin, Ireland, which is the basis of the book Archbishop Fulton Sheen's St. Thrse, 2007 St Therese -- Ireland 
1975 At age 80, addressed over 75,000 at the Holy Year Rally in New Orleans. Received Peoria, IL, Civic Award and Salvation Army's William Booth Award New Orleans
May 7, 1977 Awarded the State of Illinois' highest award - the Order of Lincoln Order of Lincoln
January 25, 1979 Spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., hosted by President Jimmy Carter
October 2, 1979 Embraced by Pope John Paul II in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. When asked what the Pope had said, Sheen answered, "You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus, and you are a loyal son of the Church." Pope John Paul II 
December 9, 1979 Died before the Blessed Sacrament in his New York City apartment's chapel. Interred beneath the high altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City. St. Patrick's of New York
1980 Publication of Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen Treasures in Clay 
December 1999 Provisional approval given to Archdiocese of New York to begin process toward canonization of Sheen  
September 2002 Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Diocese of Peoria, asked permission from the Vatican's Congregation for the Cause of Saints to "open the causes for sainthood." Father Andrew Apostoli, Bishop Jenky and Greg Ladd
September 2003 Cause for Sheen sainthood officially opened Archbishop Sheen
July 2006 Documentation of first alleged miracle through Sheen's intercession sent by Diocese of Peoria to Rome
Documentation of second alleged miracle through Sheen's intercession sent by Diocese of Pittsburgh to Rome.
February 2008 Public ceremony for "postrema sessio" (next stage), the final session of the diocesan phase for canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Postrema sessio 

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