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Fulton J. Sheen

Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919, Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. He went on to teach theology and philosophy at the Catholic University of America as well as acting as a parish priest before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 1951. He held this position until 1966, when he was made the Bishop of Rochester. He resigned in 1969 as his 75th birthday approached, and was made the Archbishop of the titular see of Newport, Wales.

For 20 years as Father Sheen, later Monsignor, he hosted the night-time radio program The Catholic Hour on NBC (1930–1950) before moving to television and presenting Life Is Worth Living (1952–1957). Sheen's final presenting role was on the syndicated The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968) with a format very similar to that of the earlier Life is Worth Living show. For this work, Sheen twice won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Starting in 2009, his shows were being re-broadcast on the EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network's Church Channel cable networks. Due to his contribution to televised preaching, Sheen is often referred to as one of the first televangelists.

The cause for his canonization was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – and he is now referred to as "Venerable." On July 5, 2019, Pope Francis approved a miracle that occurred through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, clearing the way for his beatification. Sheen was scheduled to be beatified in Peoria on December 21, 2019, but the beatification was postponed after the current Bishop of Rochester expressed concern that Sheen's handling of a 1963 sexual misconduct case might be cited unfavorably in a forthcoming statewide report from the New York Attorney General.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 8th, 1895 (El Paso), Died December 9th, 1979 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-75761 16-in. 4/9/1933 The Catholic hour Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor MS-75762 16-in. 4/9/1933 The Catholic hour Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor MS-75763 16-in. 4/9/1933 The Catholic hour Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor MS-75764 16-in. 4/9/1933 The Catholic hour Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75765 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75766 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75767 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75768 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75769 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75780 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75781 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75782 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75783 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75784 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Victor CS-75785 12-in. 4/9/1933 The seven last words Fulton J. Sheen Radio broadcast : Religious speaker  
Decca 86049 3/18/1954 Time for reflection: Blessed mother Fulton J. Sheen speaker  
Decca 86050 3/18/1954 Time for reflection: Divine sense of humor Fulton J. Sheen speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sheen, Fulton J.," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102450.

Sheen, Fulton J.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102450.

"Sheen, Fulton J.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102450

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