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“We Are Aiming at Sanctity”

Catherine Doherty receiving Communion.

Catherine Doherty receiving Communion.There are several themes of this newsletter: 1) that everyone is called to holiness; 2) that this is one of the deepest ways of understanding Christian relationships; and 3) that our times have been especially blessed with an abundance of saintly women.

Does the Orthodox Church Canonize People?

Catherine Doherty wearing Russian pilgrim clothes.

Catherine Doherty wearing Russian pilgrim clothes.Because Catherine Doherty was reared in both the Orthodox and Catholic traditions, and because unity between these two great ancient traditions was one of her intense desires, Madonna House is sensitive to what the Orthodox Church’s (and more specifically the Russian Orthodox Church’s) approach is to this whole question of the canonization of saints.

Catherine Doherty and Madonna House

A theology of founders and foundresses has arisen since Vatican II. Catherine saw herself as having been called by the Lord to be the foundress of, first, Friendship House, and then Madonna House (both of which we shall be considering). Her awareness of being a foundress grew over a period of time, as it often did with other foundresses.

The Church is a Prayer

Catherine Doherty meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Catherine Doherty meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1981.In this issue I thought I would share with you some scattered pieces of information from the Internet that are relevant to Catherine’s Cause. Hopefully you will find them as interesting as I did. As I surf the waves of canonization I swim especially towards items which will help me in my work on Catherine’s Cause.

Why Saints?

The Canadian Martyrs

The Canadian MartyrsThe Catholic Church believes not only that everyone is called to be holy, but that people who have lived lives of heroic sanctity should be publicly recognized. She calls this recognition “canonization.”