Saturday, June 30, 2007

Letter from Fr. Andrew Apostoli to the Friends of Archibishop Fulton Sheen . . .


"Grant that I may come to Thee Through Thy Mother"

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation
c/o Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
St. Leopold Friary
259 Nepperhan Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Dear Friends of Archbishop Sheen,

"May the Lord give you His peace!"

I know "form letters" lack the personal feeling and consideration I like to put into all my letters, but many times they are the only way to respond to a large number of people. So, please accept this brief letter as an expression of my gratitude for your interest in the life and work of Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, and for any sharing of how he has touched your life or the lives of your loved ones for the better. Many people have been sending us testimonies of the profound spiritual influence the Archbishop has had on their lives. The response from his admirers has been astounding! He indeed has many devoted friends.

Let me use this letter to share briefly what is being done to promote the life and the message of Archbishop Sheen. We are conducting a kind of "independent study" to determine how favorably the People of God look upon the Archbishop as a man of holiness. This is reflected in the effects he has had - and continues to have - in the lives of so many people. If it can be determined that Archbishop Sheen enjoys a widespread reputation for holiness and that no significant difficulties can be foreseen, a more formal procedure into the study of his sanctity, possibly even leading to sainthood, can be opened by the proper authorities. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for our work and that God, according to His Divine Will, moves His Church to recognize the sanctity of Archbishop Fulton John Sheen.

Asking God to bless you and yours, I am,

Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR

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