Catholic U. to celebrate Archbishop Sheen

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Catholic University in Washington will host events in March and April to honor Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a Catholic U. alumnus who taught religion and philosophy there for 23 years. All events will be held at Catholic U., 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, and are open to the public.

"Venerable Fulton Sheen was an icon of Catholic America in the 1950s," said Sister Maria Frassati Jakupcak, co-chairman of Catholic U.'s Fulton Sheen Legacy Committee. "This year marks the 75th anniversary of his first appearance on television."

In addition to celebrating his television and radio career, Catholic U. is marking Archbishop Sheen's journey on the path to sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI declared him "venerable" in 2012, and a miracle attributed to him was approved in 2014.

The first event will be a video screening of "Fulton Sheen and Catholic Teaching on the Economy," March 3 at 7 p.m. in Aquinas Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, and Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of theology and religious studies.

On April 15, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen memorial classroom will be dedicated in McMahon Hall at 3 p.m., followed by a Mass at 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Father Andrew Apostoli, vice-postulator of the canonization cause, will be the homilist.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015