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October 2, 2014

Jim Goodness
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First Beatification in the United States Set for Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, October 4

On Saturday, October 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m., The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, mother Church of the Archdiocese of Newark, will be the site of the first Beatification liturgy ever to be celebrated in the United States.
Angelo Cardinal Amato, SDB, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome, will preside over a liturgy that has its origins in the early days of the Catholic Church, and proclaim to all that Pope Francis has declared that Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC, a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who was born and raised in Bayonne, has indeed led a life of heroic virtue, and is henceforth to be called “Blessed.”  This Beatification is an official recognition accorded by the Catholic Church that a deceased person enjoys the happiness of heaven and is a proper subject of religious honor.   Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process.
Cardinal Amato will be joined in this liturgy by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark; The Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson; The Most Reverend Kurt Burnette, Eparch of the Ruthenian-Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic; and numerous bishops from New Jersey, New York and elsewhere in the country.  Also participating in the liturgy will be members of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the Religious community to which Sr. Miriam Teresa belonged, as well as members of Sr. Miriam’s family and Michael Mencer, whose juvenile macular degeneration was cured in the 1960s as a result of the intercession of Blessed Miriam Teresa.

Also present at this Mass of Beatification to worship God, celebrate, and witness this historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States will be several hundred members of the Sisters of Charity as well as hundreds of Clergy, Religious and laity from throughout New Jersey.

Note to Editors:  Media is invited to cover this historic event.    Those interested in attending should contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Communications at 973-497-4186 to obtain credentials for the Mass. The Mass will be broadcast live nationally on EWTN-TV and Relevant Radio stations (AM 1430 in the New York metro area). 

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