Father Moreau, founder of Holy Cross order, to be beatified

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The French founder of the Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters will be beatified in his home diocese in September, the religious order announced.

The Vatican Secretariat of State informed the order Dec. 7 that Father Basile-Antoine Marie Moreau will be beatified Sept. 15, 2007, in Le Mans, France. Beatification is a major step in the church’s sainthood process.

Born Feb. 11, 1799, he was a priest of the Diocese of Le Mans and a seminary professor. He established two societies of the Association of the Holy Cross — one for men and one for women — with a focus on educating young people and evangelizing.

Members of the Holy Cross family continue to operate schools around the world, including the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Father Moreau’s canonization cause was introduced in Le Mans in 1946 and the paperwork was forwarded to the Vatican in 1955.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II recognized that Father Moreau had lived a life of heroic Christian virtue, and in April 2006 Pope Benedict XVI recognized the miracle needed for the priest’s beatification.

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