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Who Was Fulton J. Sheen?


Venerable Fulton John Sheen was an American bishop of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. The cause for his canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002.

Ordained a priest in 1919 in the Diocese of Peoria.  He went on to teach at the Catholic University of America and was a parish priest until in 1951 he was named Auxiliary Bishop of of the Archdiocese of New York.  In 1966 he was appointed the Bishop of Rochester until 1969 when he retired and made the Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales. 

Fulton Sheen hosted a radio show entitled The Catholic Hour from 1930 - 1950 and then moved to television to present Life is Worth Living from 1951 - 1957.   Sheen final work was The Fulton Sheen Program from 1961 - 1968.  He won an Emmy Award 2 times for his work for Most Outstanding Television Personality.

Archbishop Sheen died December 9th, 1979 and is interred in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

In 1998, the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation was started in order to make know the life of the Archbishop and to request to open the cause for canonization.  In 2002, his case was opened to begin proceeding for the cause of sainthood.  On June 28, 2012, Sheen was declared "Venerable Servant of God."

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