A Miracle for Mother Casini?

Here’s a notice from the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, which offers an interesting peek into the Church’s canonization process.  The diocese has published information related to an investigation of a possible miracle, attributed to the intercession of Mother Maria Teresa Casini

Mother Casini, born in Italy in 1864, was the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, an order devoted particularly to the well-being of the diocesan priesthood.  The Sisters have a convent in Youngstown, where they also run two retirement homes from priests, a pre-school, and do parish ministry. (Youngstown is their only location in the U.S.; they’re also in Italy, Brazil, India, and West Africa.) 

In 1997, the Vatican recognized Mother Casini’s heroic virtues, formally declaring her worthy of consideration for sainthood.  That means she is a “Servant of God,” with the title Venerable.  A miracle would be needed for her beatification, and another for canonization.

The notice from the Youngstown diocese is part of the current investigation of a reported miracle.  It involves the healing of a 5-year-old Youngstown boy back in 2003, attributed to the intercession of Mother Casini.  The boy, who attended the Oblate Sisters’ pre-school and kindergarten, was in a coma following a near-drowning:

After constant prayer to the Venerable Mother Casini by the Sisters and many Faithful, on Friday, June 27, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in concomitance with the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Sisters, towards 7 p.m., less than 48 hours after the accident, the child gave clear signs of wakening up from his coma, moving his arms and legs. On the morning of Saturday, June 28, the patient had all tubes removed. On Sunday, June 29, he was able to eat solid foods and on June 30 he was discharged. From that day, the young Jacob has kept growing in excellent health and without deficits or meaningful neurological problems from the serious accident.

If verified, it’s certainly a cause for rejoicing, both for the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart and for the Diocese of Youngstown.  One suspects that the boy and his family don’t need any sort of formal verification in order to rejoice, even now, five years later. 

Thanks to Matt Swain at Sacred Heart Radio for the tip on this.


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