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Pope Declares Brother Theophanius Leo Venerable

Brother Theophanius LeoBrother Theophanius Leo (Adolphe Chatillon), FSC from Canada is among the 35 candidates for sainthood whose causes have been advanced by Pope Benedict XVI in a decree signed on April 2. The Papal document declares Bro. Theophanius Leo as Venerable, recognizing that he lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way. Following this first step in the canonization process, a miracle would have to be attributed to Bro. Theophanius Leo’s intercession in order to proceed with his beatification. Let us join together in prayer to Bro. Theophanius Leo so that he may intercede for those we know are suffering and in need of cure.

Bro. Theophanius Leo was born Adolphe Chatillon in Nicolet, Quebec, Canada on October 30, 1871. He was admitted to the juniorate in 1884 at age 14 and entered the Montreal novitiate in 1887 where he re­ceived the religious habit and the name Bro. Theophanius Leo. From 1895-1904, he was a professor and then assistant director at the junior novitiate. From 1908-1923, he was assistant director and then director of the novitiate. In 1923, he was appointed Visitor General of North America.

Bro. Theophanius Leo attended the General Chapter of 1928 and shortly after, he was diagnosed with cancer. He died April 28, 1929 in Montreal at the age of 59. After the power of his intercession was witnessed on various occasions, his cause for beatification was opened in both Quebec and Montreal.

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