On Nov. 17, the U.S. Catholic bishops voted to advance the level of causes of beatification and canonization for Servants of God Charlene Marie Richard, Auguste Robert Pelafigue (See Blog Oct. 2016), and Joseph Ira Dutton (Blog April 2016) to Venerable.
Born in 1888, near
That circle of influence was a large one. A teacher, August joined the faculty of the Little Flower School in Arnaudville, LA as the only lay member after teaching in public school. At the same time, he joined The Apostleship of Prayer, an organization with French roots dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He had a passionate devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He devoutly attended daily Mass and served wherever he was needed and, with a rosary looped around his arm, traversed the highways and byways of his community, spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
CHARLENE MARIE RICHARD was born on
Jan. 13, 1947 and was raised in
In middle school, the young Cajun girl was diagnosed with terminal leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow and lymphatic system. She responded to the illness by offering up her pain and suffering for others.
Charlene died 16 days after her diagnosis on Aug. 11, 1959. She was just 12 years old. Bishop Deshotel who officially opened the cause of canonization for her called her the “little Cajun saint”.
“I ask the approval of the conference in pursuing this cause of this innocent child who has proven to be an inspiration to all of us in our human condition as we carry the cross of illness,” Bishop Deshotel said.
DUTTON was a Civil War veteran who joined St. Damian of
death on March 26, 1931, he said: "It has been a happy place — a happy
life." It had been a restless life until he found happiness among
the lepers of