Pope Francis has moved nineteenth century British nun Elizabeth Prout nearer to sainthood after declaring her venerable.
Prout, or Maria Giuseppa di Gesù, who based the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and of the Ardour of Our Lord Jesus Christ, was born on 2 September 1820 in Shrewsbury and died in Sutton on 11 January 1864.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints formally promulgated a decree recognising that Prout lived a lifetime of “heroic advantage”.
This implies the Church has completed its theological and historic investigations into the life and work of the so-called “Mom Teresa of Manchester”. Two miracles are wanted as supernatural indicators from God that Mom Elizabeth is a Saint.
The primary will result in her beatification, when she can be given the title “Blessed” and the second will result in her canonisation.
Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon mentioned he want to see her shrine in St Helens grow to be a spot of prayer for her canonisation.
He mentioned: “I’m delighted that the Holy See has additional recognised the holiness of Mom Elizabeth Prout, foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and Ardour.
“Her contribution to the Church and other people of England and additional afield within the schooling and healthcare by way of the establishments she based and the Sisters of the congregation continues to point out the care of the Catholic Church for these in want.”
Bishop of Shrewsbury Mark Davies was that Mom Elizabeth’s heroic service to poor individuals who have been troubled by outbreaks of cholera and typhoid was exemplary on this age of Covid-19.
A stained glass window close to the tomb of Elizabeth Prout.
Passionist Sister Dominic Savio Hamer, the creator of Elizabeth Prout: A Non secular Life for Industrial England, mentioned: “That is great information for Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross and Ardour of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“She liked Our Lord a lot and likewise knew a lot struggling in her personal life and was conversant with the unhealthy social situations through which so many individuals lived in Manchester that she can be a great particular person to hope to in our difficulties right now.”
In a homily at a Mass in Shrewsbury Cathedral to mark the bicentenary of her delivery on September 2nd 1820, Bishop Davies had described Mom Elizabeth as an “instructional pioneer” who based faculties for the industrialised poor and refuges for manufacturing facility women as she “devoted her life to the service of probably the most deserted”.
He mentioned she was impressed by her Catholic religion to confront “probably the most degrading conditions with the arrogance of the revolution which flows from Christ’s command: ‘Love each other as I’ve liked you’.”
The Bishop expressed the hope that Mom Elizabeth could be recognised for her witness to the inviolable dignity of all human life, which he described because the “labour of her life”.