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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two important anniversaries

This week, the universal Church celebrates several high-profile feast days: St. Ambrose (Dec. 7), the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dec. 8), St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12).

In the Church in America, two important anniversaries are taking place as well, and each one involves a man who exemplifies what it means to be a good and faithful priest.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the beloved Emmy-winning prelate who reached millions through his TV and radio programs. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is celebrating a memorial Mass in Archbishop Sheen's honor today at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

Yesterday, Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, retired archbishop of New Orleans, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination with a special Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in the Crescent City. (Click HERE to read a November OSV interview with Archbishop Hannan).

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