Cause for Sainthood

The Church canonizes holy people to present them as models of the Christian life and as powerful intercessors.

  • The Church studies the life and works of candidates for evidence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for humility and prudence and prayerfulness, and for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
  • The Church also wants evidence that the memory of these individuals continues to inspire the faithful and seek their intercession. 
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Stages of Sainthood

The Catholic Church’s process leading to Sainthood involves four major steps.

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  • First a promoter group requests an investigation; if granted, the candidate receives the title, Servant of God
  • Second is the declaration of a person’s heroic virtues, after which his/her title is Venerable
  • Third, the candidate is declared Blessed once a miracle is attributed to the intercession of the candidate. 
  • The final stage is when the Holy Father declares the candidate to be a Saint after a second miracle is attributed to their intercession.

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Stories of Faith

"We began to pray the Rosary again and felt an unbelievable sense of joy in God’s love. Father Peyton completely reaffirmed my belief in the family Rosary."

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