Our Venerable Catherine McAuley
On April 9, 1990, John Paul II ordered the following Decree to be published and entered into the records of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints:
It is established that the Servant of God Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, practiced to a heroic degree the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity toward God and neighbor, and along with them the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude.
With the publication of this Decree, which uses language that goes back to Benedict XIV (1675-1758), Catherine was given the title Venerable. In 2020 we will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of this papal announcement…
Messages to: Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas)
English and Spanish versions of this article are also accessible from the Catherine section in the library.