El Paso reacts to possibility of Archbishop Sheen’s body returning to central Illinois

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s remains could be brought to Illinois. Sheen is from El Paso, Illinois, and a New York appellate court unanimously decided to move his remains after a long legal battle.

In El Paso, there’s a museum dedicated to Sheen. Karen Flute started the museum where you can find his autobiography and hundreds of articles and books written by Sheen.

“…his spirit is strong, and honorable as ever,” said Flute.

Sheen died in 1979 and was laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, which was Sheen’s own wish.

A release from the Peoria Diocese said they hope to move forward with efforts to get the priest and televangelist canonized a saint. This is the third time the New York appellate court sided with Peoria on this case.

“It was inevitable, this is divine timing,” said Flute.

It was a relative in Illinois along with Bishop Daniel Jenky who fought to bring his remains home.

Flute said, “We need to have Bishop Sheen come back.”

If the court’s decision is not appealed and his body is brought back to Peoria, it would stay at the Cathedral of St. Mary in downtown Peoria.

In the meantime, Flute is planning a special dedication in Israel in honor of Sheen.

“In June there is going to be a dedication of Bishop Sheen’s memorial,” said Flute, “it will be five stories tall, people will walk under what is an olive tree.”


Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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