Monday, November 13, 2006

Cardinal Egan on Fr. Isaac Hecker

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, devotes his November 9, 2006 column in Catholic New York to the opening of the cause for sainthood for Fr. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers. He gives a brief account of his meeting with the President of the Society and the Postulator for the Cause, and gives a sketch of the early life of Fr. Hecker, up to his expulsion from the Redemptorists and the founding of the Paulists. He then concludes:
In 2008, when the Paulist Fathers celebrate the 150th anniversary of their establishment, we will have an opportunity to learn more about their extraordinary founder and, most importantly, about the magnificent work they do for the Lord and his Church in New York and across the world. We dare to hope that at that time there might be some encouraging news from Rome about the progress of the case of Reverend Isaac Thomas Hecker, C.S.P., encouraging news about yet another saintly New Yorker.
Amen to that hope!

More on the cause for Fr. Hecker.

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