PEORIA, Ill. — After a lengthy legal battle in New York, Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s remains have arrived at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.
Following the rulings in the New York State of Appeals, the Catholic Church had to receive civil permits to make the transfer. Church law requires remains of someone considered for beatification must be done without solemnity, which is why it was done without public notice.
The remains will be encased in a marble monument inside the Cathedral. The tomb is located at the side altar dedicated to Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Patricia Gibson from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria was the official witness of the disinternment and transfer of the remains. She released this statement Thursday:
After working eighteen years with Bishop 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. Now that the three years of legal litigation has ended, I am grateful that the Archdiocese of New York cooperated with this transfer. I am excited for the next steps in the Cause and pray that a beatification will happen very soon.”
The Cause for Sheen’s Beatificatoin continues now. The Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome will present Sheen’s alleged miracle to Pope Francis. If Pope Francis calls for the Beatification, the Diocese of Peoria will work with the Congregation of the Causes of Saints to organize the Beatification celebration, which would happen in Peoria.
Bishop Jenky invites people to visit Sheen’s new tomb in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. There will be a permanent schedule of visiting hours released soon, but it will be open at the following times this weekend:
-Friday, June 28: 2pm-4pm
-Saturday, June 29: 10am-2pm
-Sunday, June 30: 9am-2pm