Two days ago in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Venerable
a Servant of God, recognizing in him a “life of heroic virtue.” Bishop Sheen was, as many of you know either from personal experience (if you are old enough!) or from other sources, a well-recognized television Catholic evangelist who hosted a long-running and very popular TV series, Life is Worth Living, on ABC back in the 50s and 60s. The man knew how to use the media to spread the Gospel. His explanations of the faith were sound yet understandable to all who listened. His humor was catching, his conviction evident. He used the authority of his episcopal office effectively and respectfully to all whom he encountered.
To give you an idea of his television presence, here is a video of a show he did on the three greatest Confessions in history. I believe it is about nine minutes long.
Fulton J. Sheen was born in El Paso, Illinois on May 18, 1895 and died in New York, NY on December 9, 1979. He was bishop of Rochester, NY during which time he ordained the very first permanent deacon in the United States. Later, he became titular archbishop of Newport.
His public life is well documented by his inteviews, books and television recordings. His private life is less well-known for it is said he did much in secret aiding the poor.
Servant of God Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us!
UPDATED!! – I goofed! Sheen is now Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. My apologies for not doing my homework better. I have corrected the post. Deacon Bob