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Maryknoll founder mooted for canonisation

OMAHA (CWNews.com): Two priests from the United States of America are being proposed for sainthood.

The cases of the hero of Boys’ Town in Chicago, Irish-born Father Edward Flanagan, better known to the world through the face of Spencer Tracy who starred in the 1938 movie of the same name, and one of the two founders of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Father Thomas Price are being put forward.

Archbishop George Lucas, from Omaha, has opened the cause for beatification of Father Flanagan, who cared for 6,000 young boys during his lifetime and founded the world famous home for boys whom society had cast aside.

He was born in 1886 and died in 1948.

“For years many in the Omaha community and beyond, the memory of Father Edward Flanagan has been venerated,” Archbishop Lucas said. “I am happy that we can begin the process of examining the holiness that was apparent in his life and ministry, to see if he might be canonised.” 

Bishop Michael Burbidge, from Raleigh, has undertaken the diocesan phase of investigation for the cause of Father Price (1860-1919).

He was the first person from North Carolinia to be ordained a priest and later, together with Bishop James Walsh, became a co-founder of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

He was born in 1860 and died in 1919. His cause was originally launched by the diocese of Hong Kong, but subsequently taken up by the archdiocese of New York.

It has since been transferred to the land of his origins, Raleigh in North Carolina.

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