Saturday, November 3, 2007

The "Fr. John Hardon Years at Grotto" comes to a close as his library moves to Missouri

Fr. Eugene Morris (center) from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary who came to haul Fr. Hardon's library to Missouri where it will be studied stands with a group of volunteers.

While an era comes to a close physically, a spiritual one lives on while contributing to a canonical beginning into the cause of sainthood for Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ.

It was bittersweet to watch the late Fr. Hardon's library move to Missouri from Assumption Grotto in Detroit. And, how ironic is it that it all happened on the Feast of all Saints?

As previously discussed in a September of 2006 article in the National Catholic Register called, "St. John Hardon?", the great theologian who is behind more apostolates and efforts than I can count, is having his cause advanced for sainthood. It was bitter to watch the library leave Assumption Grotto, yet sweet to know it was in the best of hands for the most proper of causes.

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis, Missouri, sent Fr. Eugene Morris of the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary to pick up around 500 boxes which had been kept in the room shown below since Fr. Hardon's death. Fr. John Hardon spent his final years working out of an office on the grounds of Assumption Grotto and was a spiritual director to everyone with whom he came into contact, even if only for a moment. Parishioners have shared stories many times with me about how giving he was with his time, never turning down someone in need of spiritual help or assistance in getting some project or apostolate off the ground.

Once full, the shelves are now empty. Many had seen the windows to the library which had overlooked the gym and even I myself wondered what was up there. Nothing was permitted to leave and it was carefully guarded all these years.

Deo Gratias!

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Patrick said...

I love Abp. Burke. And I knew someone who knew Father Hardon. But why are Father Hardon's effects being transferred to St. Louis? Is the cause for sainthood going to be run out of St. Louis? Why not out of Detroit? Or someplace else? Inquiring minds want to know.

Diane K said...

Hi Patrick,

I will try to find out more. If someone reading knows the answer, please drop a comment in, or send me an email at

I believe it was heading to St. Louis because that is where Abp Burke is at and suspected he is driving the train. But, that's just my own speculation.

I do believe the material is in good hands, regardless of the state it is in.

Maureen said...

St. Louis also has a big Jesuit archive facility, IIRC. They are experienced with sainthood causes, I'm pretty sure, and they probably have the space.

So it's very convenient. And even if it takes hundreds of years, the library can always be sent back after the Cause is done.

A library full of good books that are also 3rd class relics. Makes your mouth water. :)

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

i love his writings..

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that the library was moved to St. Louis for several reasons. The main one being that it would be placed in a climate controlled, fire proof environment to preserve the many manuscripts, etc.

Fr. Morris, who is also in charge of the cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen, is the one in charge of the cause for Fr. Hardon as well. He will need to go through all the manuscripts, books, periodicals, etc. Perhaps one day these will be moved to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin when the Marian Catechetical center will be completed.

No small thanks is due to the person(s) who played such an important role in safeguarding the personal effects and library for the cause of Fr. Hardon. They have done an inestimable favor for the Catholic Church. May their reward be great in the world to come.

In His service,
carole b