Father Isaac Thomas Hecker has begun the canonical journey towards sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.Website for the Cause.
On Thursday October 26, John Duffy and I met with Cardinal Edward Egan at his residence on Madison Avenue. At this meeting we asked the cardinal who as Archbishop of New York has canonical competency, to open a diocesan inquiry into the sanctity of Father Hecker. Cardinal Egan was not only delighted but enthusiastic about Hecker’s cause and readily agreed to do so.
Now we begin the preliminary procedures that will lead to the formal ceremony opening his cause in the Archdiocese of New York. We hope that this will take place at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle during the Paulist anniversary year in 2008. Hecker at that time will receive the title Servant of God, and his case will join that of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop a Paulist convert, Dorothy Day whose spiritual director was Paulist Joseph McSorley and Terrence Cardinal Cooke who delighted in ordaining priests to the Paulist Fathers.
Prayer for intercessions.
Reading Hecker (and reading about Hecker) is one major part of the novice year. And boy, I'm really digging it! I'm still trying to wrap my mind around some of the stuff he talks about. And what a vision he had!
Some selections from his writings are online.