Wednesday, July 22, 2009

St. Alphonse of Sacramento? Process to canonize beloved former auxiliary bishop moves forward

An effort to beatify and canonize former Sacramento Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, described in one biography as a "champion of the unborn and the unwanted," continues to move forward. 

The diocese is in the process of preparing a more than 1000-page report summarizing the testimony of over 100 witnesses attesting to Bishop Gallegos' virtuous life and declarations from those who say the bishop has interceded on their behalf since his death almost 18 years ago. The report is scheduled to be sent to the Vatican at year's end. 

Bishop Gallegos, one of 11 children of Joseph and Caciana Gallegos and a member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, was ordained auxiliary bishop of Sacramento on November 4, 1981. He was killed in a car crash in October

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Deacon John