To his final days, Bishop Francis Xavier Ford MM was a faithful witness of the presence of God in his humble servant and the Lord continues to offer that grace to all who are willing to confide in the Spirit’s presence in their lives.
The cause of canonization for Bishop Francis Xavier Ford has taken on special meaning in the Diocese of Brooklyn, where he was born and raised before beginning his journey of faith.
There have been Catholics in China since the Tang Dynasty in the 8th Century. But China has had a complicated relationship with the church — especially over the past 71 years when Communists have controlled the country.
The journey to sainthood in the Catholic Church involves several steps that can take many years.
The cause for canonization for Bishop Francis Xavier Ford (1892-1952) is getting a helping hand from the Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, M.M. Guild, which is is planning to intensify its efforts.
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A couple of months ago, I thought it was a slam dunk that Bishop Francis X. Ford would soon be beatified and on his way to canonization. But with recent developments in the Church in Communist China, I think the timeline may be longer.
The Diocese of Brooklyn began the processes for Maryknoll Bishop Francis X. Ford’s cause for canonization shortly after the 50th anniversary of his death.
While an observance of the 100th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the late Bishop Francis X. Ford, M.M., was being celebrated, his colleagues at Maryknoll were excited about the prospects of his being canonized a saint.
The public phase in the process to make Brooklyn-born Bishop Francis X. Ford a saint has begun. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio formally announced the opening of the cause at a Mass Dec. 3.