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Rite of Blessing with Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
James Maldonado Berry
On Monday, September 21st, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, presided over the Rite of Blessing of the offices of The Fr. John A. Hardon S.J., Archive and Guild, located in the former convent of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis. Approximately one-hundred people turned out for the event, during which Archbishop Burke praised Fr. Hardon as a priest who courageously preached the faith “in and out of season.” Immediately following the blessing there was an open house at the office and a reception in the Jubilee Garden of the Cathedral-Basilica Rectory. The blessing was a highlight for the archbishop emeritus of Saint Louis, who has been overseeing the cause of Fr. John A. Hardon S.J for several years now, and also for the small team of officers working on the Cause. Fr. Robert T. McDermott, a priest from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, serves as the Postulator of the Cause and James Maldonado Berry is the Executive Director of the Archive and Guild. Msgr. C. Eugene Morris, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Brentwood, serves as the Episcopal Delegate; Fr. Kristian Teater, a professor at Kenrick Glennon Seminary, is the Promoter of Justice and Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, working from Milwaukee, is the theological consultant.
In the upcoming months, the officers working on the cause will begin collecting official testimonies from individuals across the country and in other parts of the world who knew Fr. Hardon. Fr. Hardon assisted Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in establishing the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity. Given the scope of Fr. Hardon’s academic and spiritual writings, which consists of over forty books and other unpublished manuscripts. This investigative process is expected to take several years. Those interested in learning more about Fr. Hardon’s life, writings and spirituality are encouraged to check out the website of The Fr. John A. Hardon S.J. Archive and Guild at: http://www.hardonsj.org/.