PEORIA (HOI) – After a three-year legal battle, Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s remains are in Peoria at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
Sheen’s tomb is encased in a marble monument located at the side altar dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
In a press release, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria said the Cause for Sheen’s Beatification has resumed. From the start of the legal battle, the diocese has said their purpose for bringing back Sheen’s remains was to continue the process of trying to get him canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church.
The diocese said the Vatican confirmed that process is underway again.
The diocese’s attorney, Patricia Gibson, served as the official witness of the remains’ transfer, which is required by Church law. Gibson said in a press release,
“After working eighteen years with Bishop [Daniel] Jenky on the Cause for Beatification,
it was a great privilege and honor to be present and witness the transfer of
Archbishop Sheen’s remains to his home cathedral in Peoria where he served
Mass as a youth and was ordained priest 100 years ago.”
You can see the tomb of Archbishop Fulton Sheen this weekend at these times:
To read more about the next steps being taken in order for Sheen to achieve sainthood, click here.