Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Meet Fulton Sheen: Beloved Preacher and Teacher of the Word

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Meet Fulton Sheen: Beloved Preacher and Teacher of the Word

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Rodriguez, Janel. Meet Fulton Sheen: Beloved Preacher and Teacher of the Word. (Cincinnati, Ohio: Servant Books/St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2006. Pp. x, 158. $9.99 paperback.)

In light of the fact that the cause for the canonization of Fulton Sheen is currently underway, and that he has recently been proclaimed a "Servant of God," perhaps a short introduction to the man and his IUe fiUs a niche for those unfamUiar with him. He was generaUy recognized and eulogized as the greatest preacher and evangelist of the twentieth century in the United States, by journalists and historians alike, at the time of his death in 1979.

Father Andrew ApostoU, CER. , vice-postulator of the cause, writes in the foreword that Bishop Sheen was a "common household name" to one genera- tion of Catholics, but often known by today's younger generation only "by hearsay." The strength of Ms. Rodriguez's book can be found in its "readable and attractive style" which covers the main stages of Sheen's Ulustrious career - phUosopher and professor, prolific writer, preacher of the electronic gospel and convert-maker, anti-communist crusader and missionary, and post-Vatican II Bishop of Rochester (New York) - whUe also focusing on Sheen's character and personal piety. …

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