Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2021 / 16:00 pm
A Catholic couple in Peoria, Illinois, is asking for the intercession of hometown hero Ven. Fulton Sheen to save the life of their unborn son.
Royce and Elise Hood, parents of six children including one in utero, recently discovered that their unborn son Fulton Joseph had Potter syndrome. It is a rare condition where, due to a lack of amniotic fluid, the baby’s kidneys and lungs might not develop fully or at all.
At the Hood’s 20-week ultrasound appointment, their doctor informed them of the news and said there was a 95% chance their baby would not survive after birth.
Three days later, the family went and prayed at Sheen’s tomb in Peoria, asking for a miracle.
Sheen was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria at age 24 before being appointed auxiliary bishop of New York in 1951 and Bishop of Rochester, New York, in 1966. He was a popular television catechist and author in the 1950s and 60s before his death in 1979.
Sheen’s cause for canonization was opened in 2002 by the Peoria diocese. In 2019, Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to Sheen’s intercession, allowing for his beatification.
However, Sheen’s beatification was postponed shortly before it was scheduled to take place and no date has been set.