Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen is probably one of the only almost-saints that can add “television star” to his resume.

One of the first televangelists, he is perhaps best known for his show Life is Worth Living, which ran from 1951-1957, followed up by The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968), shows with millions of viewers that made him a household name at the time.


He’s also one of the only (almost) saints to have ever appeared on a TV game show.

Archbishop Sheen once appeared as a guest on “What’s My Line”, one of the longest-running and most popular TV game shows of all time.

The show, hosted by John Daly, featured four panelists attempting to guess a guest’s line of work through a series of yes or no questions. For the final round, the panelists wore blindfolds while they tried to guess the occupation of a chosen celebrity guest.

On October 21, 1956, that guest was Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

“That is the most solid round of applause I’ve heard in a long time,” one of the blindfolded panelists notes as Archbishop Sheen enters the room which included a non-blindfolded live audience.

“Are you a familiar figure in public life?” he proceeds to ask.

Archbishop Sheen, to disguise his identity as much as possible, responds in French “a little bit, yes.”


Once the panelists confirm that they are talking to someone well-known in television, another panelist confirms that the mystery guest works for a non-profit, and that he appears weekly on TV.

“Weekly on television and non-profit?” the next panelist says incredulously. “Oh boy, have you got a crazy sponsor.”

“Is it possible that you are a religious man? That’s the only non-profit on television,” she concludes.

When he responds in the affirmative, the round is over – everyone knows it’s Archbishop Sheen.

“If I may, breaking some of the rules, sir, may I say that we’re very proud that you’re on my home network, ABC,” Daly adds, before bumping Archbishop Sheen’s prize money up to the full amount – $50.

Archbishop Sheen then asks that the money be donated to leper colonies conducted by the Propagation of the Faith, and then greets each panelist.

Many of Archbishop Sheen’s own talks and TV episodes can be found on Youtube for free.

The cause for canonization for Archbishop Sheen reached an impasse in 2014, due to a debate about whether his remains should be kept in his home diocese of Peoria, Illinois, or in New York, where he served as a bishop. However, a petition from the relatives of Archbishop Sheen requesting a transfer of his remains to Peoria is expected to keep the case moving forward.

In June 2014, a panel of theologians declared an unexplicable healing attributed to the intercession Archbishop Sheen to be miraculous.

An American baby, born in September 2010 and showing no signs of life, miraculously recovered after his parents prayed for Archbishop Sheen’s intercession. Even though the baby had no pulse for an hour after his birth, his heart started beating again and he showed no serious health problems as a result.