A Message from the Vice
At the time of his death in 1983, many people in New York and
elsewhere felt that Terence Cardinal Cooke was a holy man. In
fact, over the years, many people, including the late Pope John Paul II,
referred to Cardinal Cooke as "saintly." In the years that have
followed, belief in the sanctity of Terence Cooke has grown and been
voiced in many different parts of the world. Those who knew him as
a priest, bishop and Cardinal Archbishop of New York were uplifted by
his gentleness and humility.
In 1984 the Cardinal Cooke Guild was established by Sister M.
Aloysius McBride, O. Carm., to tell the story of Cardinal Cooke's
faith-filled life and holy death. Father Benedict J. Groeschel,
CFR, was named Postulator of the Cause of Canonization by John Cardinal
O'Connor, and in 1992 Terence Cooke was officially designated Servant of
God by the Vatican's Congregation of the Causes of Saints. Today,
the Cause of Canonization continues to further document the heroic way
in which he lived faith, hope and charity, and indeed, all the virtues.
As Vice Postulator of the Cause in its present stage, I encourage you
to learn more about the life and holiness of Terence Cardinal Cooke.
At a time when New York and the USA need recent examples of holiness in
our midst. I ask you to become a partner in this worthy cause.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Giandurco
The Cause for Canonization of Terence Cardinal Cooke is dedicated to
showing that Cardinal Cooke lived a life of heroic virtue, and we have
recently entered the Roman phase. Currently we are in the process of
refining and amplifying materials required by the Congregation for the
Causes of the Saints at the Vatican. The Tribunal responsible for
Cardinal Cooke’s Cause is working diligently to meet the criteria set forth
by the Holy See. For further
information regarding the process of canonization we recommend:
Canonization: Theology, History, Process, edited by
William Woestman, OMI Published by the Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul
University. Ottawa, Canada, 2002 (available on Google.com)
The Cause for Canonization of Terence Cardinal Cooke includes:
Dr. Avv. Andrea Ambrosi, Roman Postulator
Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Giandurco, JCD, Vice Postulator
Rev. Msgr. Charles McManus, Episcopal Delegate
Rev. Msgr. John Harrington, Promoter of Justice
Sr. Marie Magdalena Angerame, OSF
Rev. Terrence L. Weber
Andrew Hartzell, Esq.
Rev Msgr, Daniel Flynn
Rev. Msgr. Walter F. Kenny
Mrs. Mary Hartzell
What can I do to help the Cause for Canonization of Cardinal Cooke?
The answer to that is simple: You can pray. The prayers of many people
are needed to advance the Cause to the point when the Servant of God
Terence Cardinal Cooke will be named, Venerable, Blessed and finally
Saint. We ask you to join your prayers with ours in asking God for the
success of the Cause. We ask you to become a member of the Guild, and we ask you to spread the word
about the faith-filled life of the humble prince of the Church who
touched the lives of countless people. For more information on becoming
a member of the Guild, click here.
Prayer for the Canonization of Cardinal Cooke:
Almighty and eternal Father, we thank you for the exemplary life and
gentle kindness of your son and bishop, Terence Cooke. If it be your
gracious will, grant that the virtues of your servant may be recognized
and provide a lasting example for your people. We pray through Our Lord
Jesus Christ your son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen.