Rocco Palmo gives a brief profile to Fr. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, as well as the Paulists in a post today.
Next week, Edward Cardinal Egan will declare Fr. Hecker to be Servus Dei, and officially open his cause for canonization.
I may have decided against pursuing the priesthood with the Paulist Fathers; however, Fr. Hecker remains close to my heart, and I enjoin everyone to start their sincere supplications for the day that we can formally ask for the intercessions of St. Isaac Hecker.
[In the piece Rocco says that there are 13 Paulist patron saints. I thought it was 12? Or is it St. Paul + 12? Could any of my former CSP brothers please clarify?]
[I wonder too at the title. "Americanist?" For too long, Hecker has been (unjustly, in my opinion -- I feel confident that the canonical investigation into his life will also establish this -- been associated with the Americanist controversy of the late 19th century]