Thursday, January 13, 2011

You’re Invited to the Opening of a Cause for Beatification

Back in November, we reported that the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph was to take up the cause for a French Daughter of Charity regarded by the Church as the Founder of Mary’s House at Ephesus. Mary’s House at Ephesus is believed to be the place where Mary lived with St. John after the death and resurrection of her Son and the place of her Assumption. It is a place of pilgrimage for Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims. You can read about Mary’s House and Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey’s role in discovering it in our earlier post.

Now, however, Sister Marie’s Cause for Beatification will formally open with Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral if the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. This notice was already in the paper last week. I’m posting it here because there are many readers of the blog who do not live in the diocese, yet may be within a distance to attend the event. How often do you get to attend the opening of a Cause for Beatification?

You are all invited!

From the previous edition of the Catholic Key:

Solemn Vespers Will Open Process for Beatification and Canonization

By Bishop Robert W. Finn
Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph

An Edict will soon be posted on the doors of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City. It will formally announce the opening of the process for Beatification and Canonization for Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, and it fulfills one of the many requirements for the detailed investigation into the holy woman’s life. By the Edict, I ask for anyone who can give testimony or provide writings pertinent to Sr. Marie’s life to come forward. It must be publicly displayed at the Cathedral prior to the ceremonies.

The celebration of Solemn Vespers on Friday, January 21, 2011, will be historic. The Evening Prayer will be followed by a ceremony in which I will take an oath to oversee the work ahead in honesty – not withholding anything, good or bad, that we may learn about Sr. Marie. I will then administer the oath to all those who will assist in the “diocesan process.”

Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, whose office is in Rome, will act as Postulator of the cause. Dr. Ambrosi continues to work on many such investigations: John Cardinal Newman who was recently beatified, Pope John XXIII, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Frs. Stanley Rother and Emil Kapaun, and many others. He will be with us on January 21, as will several family members of Sr. Marie, from France, and Archbishop Giuseppe Bernardini, Archbishop Emeritus of Izmir, Turkey.

I have established a Tribunal here in our diocese that will oversee the work of the next few years: Fr. Matthew Bartulica, now finishing his graduate studies in Rome, is the Episcopal Delegate; Fr. Joseph Totton is the Promoter of Justice; Mr. G. William Quatman is the Notary. There will be an Historical Commission to research all the information we can gather, and a Theological Commission to evaluate the findings. There will be translators and copyists and typists. Similar processes in other dioceses often take about two or three years, before everything is sent to Rome for evaluation and, ultimately, recommendation to the Holy Father.

One of the most demanding elements of the work will be the evaluation of ‘special graces from God’ that can be considered ‘miracles’ and are attributable to Sr. Marie’s intercession.

It is my hope that, by learning more about the heroic sanctity of one Religious Sister, we will all be inspired to grow in holiness.Born into French nobility in 1837, Adele Louise Marie de Mandat-Grancey surrendered a life of privilege to enter a religious community. As a Daughter of Charity, she devoted her early ministry to care for the sick and teach orphans in Paris. Under her leadership, the orphanage tripled in size and inspired the necessary donations of food and clothing to care for the children. In 1886, she moved to a medical mission at a hospital in Smyrna, Turkey. There, she joined archaeologists in researching the location of Mary’s Home and rescuing it from oblivion. Contemporary popes – Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI – have honored the Shrine at Ephesus with pilgrimages to the site. Today, Meryem Ana Evi, or Mary’s Home, is a place of pilgrimage for millions of people, Christians and Muslims alike.

Please pray for God’s blessing on this work, and join us at the Cathedral, on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.

EDICT

CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD
SR. MARIE DE MANDAT-GRANCEY

In accordance with article 43 of the Instruction Sanctorum Mater, I, the undersigned the Most Reverend Robert W. Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, declare that I have received and accepted the petition of Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, Postulator for the Cause Beatification of the Servant of God Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey. Therefore, this Cause will be opened during a formal session at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the 21st of January, 2011. I have asked my ecclesiastic tribunal to carry out all necessary steps to instruct this diocesan process. All those who can give valid testimony, even if they have negative proof, are advised to come forth and contact the aforementioned tribunal. Moreover, those who possess writings of any kind regarding the Servant of God are asked to put them at the tribunal’s disposition.

Kansas City-St. Joseph the 5th of January, 2011

In faith,
Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph