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Pope Francis: Decree of Miracle for Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel

Mother MariTheresiBonzel founder Sisters if St. Francis Perpetual Adoration. | PhoProvided~Sun-Times Media

Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters if St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 9, 2013 12:57PM



Pope Francis on March 27 issued a Decree of Miracle that attributes a miracle to Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. It is a step in the process toward sainthood.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration is the order that runs the Franciscan Alliance hospitals in Northwest Indiana and the University of St. Francis in Crown Point.

The sisters are based in Mishawaka, one of four Provinces of this order. The others are in Colorado Springs; Cologne, Germany; and BayBay, Leyete, in the Philippines. There is a mission in Brazil and the Generalate is in Olpe, Germany.

Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel died on Feb. 6, 1905.

The recognized miracle attributed to Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel’s intercession occurred in February of 1999. On Jan. 26 of that year Jan Burgie called Mount St. Francis and asked for prayers for her ill 4-year-old son, Luke, who recoverd from his illness Feb. 22, 1999.

Hearings were held at the Diocesan office in Colorado Springs in 2001, and on Jan. 15 this year, the Commission of Cardinals unanimously agreed to this miracle of Luke’s healing.

A Celebration of Beatification of Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel will be held Nov. 10 at the cathedral in Paderborn, Germany, and again on Nov. 11 in Olpe, Germany.



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