Bishop Sheen's Family
taken from "Treasure in Clay", Sheen's autobiography
Thomas Sheen (brother of Fulton Sheen) and his
Fulton John Sheen was born in the second floor
apartment at 25 West Front Street in El Paso, Illinois on May 8, 1895, the
son of Newton Morris and Delia (Fulton) Sheen. The parents were then
living in the rooms above their hardware store; the ground floor is still
a hardware store today owned by Burton Baity. The Reverend Jeremiah H.
Quinlan was pastor at St. Mary's Church when the baby boy was christened
Peter John, on May 12, and usually thereafter was called P. J. He was a
frail boy, who preferred reading books to indulging in the usual physical
games of children. Newton Sheen sold his hardware store to a Mr.
Guillemont and the family moved to Peoria, where the future Bishop began
his education, graduating from Spaulding and continuing as a student at
St. Viator College at Bourbonnais, Illinois.
From the El Paso History Site
Merle Fulton, cousin of Fulton Sheen at the
birthplace memorial stone in El Paso