Diocese of Colorado Springs celebrates approval of local miracle tied to foundress of Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration
Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs offered congratulations to the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, who have a motherhouse in the diocese, on the Vatican’s March 27 approval of a Colorado Springs-based miracle attributed to the intercession of Mother Theresia Bonzel, foundress of the order.
Mother Bonzel is scheduled to be beatified in November in Paderborn, Germany, according to the order’s Colorado Springs motherhouse. Once a cause for sainthood has established for someone, two miracles attributed to the person’s intercession are required for canonization. After the first miracle is approved, the person is approved for “beatification.”
“I share the joy of our Franciscan sisters that their foundress, Mother Bonzel, will be beatified. It’s wonderful to know that she has been so close to us in her intercessory prayer,” Bishop Michael Sheridan said in a statement.
The announcement follows the Vatican’s confirmation of a miracle that occurred in Colorado Springs nearly 15 years ago, when a then-4-year-old Colorado Springs boy in 1999 was healed after prayers for intercession to Mother Bonzel. Mother Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe, Germany. She died Feb. 6, 1905, at age 74.
In 1999, two members of the order living at Mount St. Francis, Sister Margaret Mary Preister and the late Sister Evangeline Spenner, prayed a novena to Mother Bonzel asking her intercession in the healing of a boy who had been suffering from severe gastrointestinal symptoms. The illness stopped suddenly after the novena on Feb. 22, 1999 — a phenomenon that doctors could not explain. The healing was reported to the Vatican in 2001, prompting an investigation that included interviewing the boy’s doctors.
Media are invited to contact Sister Nadine Heimann, OSF, provincial/president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Colorado Springs, at 719-660-9828 or 719-598-5163, as well as Sister Clarice Gentrup, OSF, vicar general, at 719-955-3812.