Sheen Family Petitions NY Supreme Court to Move Body of Archbishop to Peoria, IL

Press Release from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, 14 June 2016:
Media Contact: Msgr. James Kruse, Vicar General

It is with great joy that the Diocese of Peoria announces that the family of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen has petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York to allow the transfer of his remains to Peoria, Illinois. Mrs. Joan Sheen Cunningham, the oldest living relative, with the support of the other living relatives of Archbishop Sheen, has filed the necessary paperwork to carry out this transfer. The transfer can be carried out as soon as the court is able to grant approval in this matter. Currently, the late Archbishop is entombed in St. Patrick Cathedral.

The Bishop of Peoria, Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., is immensely grateful for the collaboration of Mrs. Joan Sheen Cunningham and her family. With the transfer of the body, Bishop Jenky looks forward to the resumption of the Cause for Beatification of the Venerable Archbishop Sheen. With the progress that the Cause has already made, a beatification could be celebrated shortly after the arrival of the remains in Peoria and with the approval of Pope Francis.

The Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, the office at the Vatican which oversees these matters, has no objection to the transfer of the body and looks forward to the resumption of the Cause. The Congregation has repeatedly expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the Diocese of Peoria over the last fourteen years for promoting this Cause.

Msgr. James Kruse, Vicar General of the Diocese of Peoria states: “I am confident that the Archdiocese of New York will cooperate fully with the request of the family of Archbishop Sheen. On several occasions, the Archdiocese has declared its desire to cooperate with the wishes of the family. I cannot imagine that the Archdiocese would oppose the family’s petition presented to the Court. It is our hope that the Archdiocese will offer their consent to this petition in order to expedite these matters.”


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