A Saint in New Jersey?
Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC (1901-1927)
"The Church does not MAKE saints; GOD DOES …The Church only RECOGNIZES them." ~ Fr. James FitzPatrick, OMI (Postulator 1996-2002)
- Who is Sister Miriam Teresa?
Teresa Demjanovich, a 20th Century American girl, was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1901, the youngest of seven children of Alexander and Johanna (Suchy) Demjanovich, Ruthenian immigrants to the United States from what is now Eastern Slovakia. Teresa received Baptism, Confirmation, and her First Holy Communion in the Byzantine-Ruthenian rite of her parents.
- Where did she live out her brief life?
After attending Bayonne public schools Teresa entered the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey. She was graduated with highest honors in 1923. Two years later, in 1925, she entered the community of Sisters of Charity at Convent Station. After profession of vows as a Sister of Charity, Sister Miriam Teresa died in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1927. She was 26 years of age.
- Why is she being considered for Sainthood by the Catholic Church?
Because of her saintly life, her striving for perfection in her religious life, her spiritual writings, the mystical privileges accorded her by God during life and the favors received by others after her death through her intercession with God, the Sisters of Charity petitioned Rome for permission to open her Cause for Beatification and Canonization.
- What is the present status of her Cause for Beatification/Canonization?
The first half of the beatification process is the acceptance of the Positio Super Virtutibus (Her heroic virtues and holiness). This has been approved by the theologians and ordinaries (Bishops and Cardinals). Her name was submitted to the prefect of the Congregation of Saints who then gave her name to Pope Benedict XVI.
On May 10, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI decreed that Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC, was of heroic virtue and can now be called Venerable.
The second part of the beatification process, the Positio Super Miro (a miraculous cure) can only be considered after the acceptance of the Positio Super Virtutibus.
Our case is that of a young boy who was declared legally blind due to bilalteral macular degeneration. Through the intercession of Sister Miriam Teresa, his sight was restored. On December 17, 2013 a panel of Cardinals and Bishops agreed that the cause of the blind child has been accomplished through the intercession of Sister Miriam Teresa. On that same day, Pope Francis declared this an authentic miracle. Sister Miriam Teresa was declared Blessed at the beatification ceremony held on October 4, 2014 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. In order for Blessed Miriam Teresa to be canonized, a second miracle due to her intercession is needed.
- How can I assist in bringing about her canonization?
Become a member of the Sister Miriam Teresa League of Prayer and share in the Spiritual Benefits of Membership.
Receive the Bulletins of the League.
Make a donation to the League.
Pray that God will guide the Church in this decision and that another miracle will occur.
For more information call 973-290-5467
Sister Miriam Teresa League Headquarters | P.O. Box 476, Convent Station, NJ 07961-0476
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