The Cause of Father Theodore Foley C.P. (1913-1974), officially opened in Rome in 2008. For 10 years, Father Theodore was the Superior General of the Passionists.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Pope Benedict XVI’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, described his life during the inauguration ceremony. He invited the Passionists to walk the way of sanctity, “which Father Theodore followed with such dedication.”
Daniel Foley was born in 1913 in Springfield to a family of Irish immigrants. He entered the Passionist congregation in 1932 and in the following year made his first profession, taking the name Theodore. He was ordained a priest in 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland USA.
In 1958, Father Foley became a General Consultor and assistant to the Superior General of the Passionists. He was himself elected Superior General in 1964, a post that he held until his death on 9th October 1974.
Father Giovanni Zubiani C.P., Postulator of the Cause of Beatification, spoke of Father Theodore as a man open to dialogue “but firm on the principles and charism of the Congregation.”
You can view a brief video on the life of Father Theodore Foley, C.P. here
You can link to an interview on Father Theodore Foley, C.P., by Bishop Norbert Dorsey C.P. here
Read an article about Father Theodore from The Passionist Compassion magazine here
Father Theodore Foley remembered … by Fr. Victor Hoagland C.P. here
PRAYER FOR THE CANONISATION OF FATHER THEODORE FOLEY, C.P.
Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary’s heights. Through you Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to your Father’s will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (mention your request). Through Christ our Lord, Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father).
Approved + Paul M. Boyle, CP, Bishop Emeritus of Mandeville.