2 new US “Venerables”

Pope Benedict XVI has signed decrees of heroic virtue for 2 Americans, thereby advancing them on the road to possible sainthood.

The Servant of God Frederic Baraga, who was the first Bishop of Marquetts. The Slovenian came to the US in 1830 as a missionary to Native Americans. He was known as the “snowshoe priest” and became the area’s first bishop in 1853. He died in 1868.

The Servant of God Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was born in 1901 and died in 1927. She was a member of the Sisters of Charity so Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey. In her teachings, writings and conferences she always stressed the call to holiness for people in all walks of life.

The two new “Venerables” will require two documented and proven miracles through their intercession before advancing to the next level of “Blessed.”

The Concho Padre

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