Diocesan Levels

A. Diocesan Processes

  1. 1909-1912 in Bordeaux, France
  2. 1909-1912 in Vitoria, Spain

B. Interrogation Commissions

  1. 1910 in Auch and Paris, France
  2. 1910 in Malines, Belgium

C. 1911-1914 Examination of his writings

D. 1911-1912 Process on the Absence of Public Veneration

Vatican City/Rome
  • December 13, 1916 Decree recognizing the orthodoxy of the writings of the Servant of God
  • May 18, 1918 Decree introducing the cause in Rome
  • June 7, 1919 Decree recognizing the absence of public veneration
  • June 22, 1926 Decree declaring the validity of the diocesan processes
  • July 21, 1931 Congregation examines the virtues of the Servant of God; decides to hold another session
  • November 24, 1936 In the second session the Congregation returns the case to the Historical Section for the study of some particular points
  • 1968 Father Vincent Vasey, S.M., Postulator of the cause, asks the Historical Section to complete the requested study.
  • July 14, 1970 Historical Section completes its report
  • February 6, 1973 A special meeting of the consulting theologians of the Congregation is favorable to declaring the heroicity of the virtues of the Servant of God
  • June 5, 1973 The cardinals and bishops of the Congregation agree on the heroicity of virtues
  • October 18, 1973 Pope Paul VI ratifies the decision and in an official decree announces to the world that “on the strength of all the evidence, the Servant of God William Joseph Chaminade practiced to a heroic degree the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity toward God and toward his neighbor, and also the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.” Declared Venerable.
  • 1995.1996 Exploratory process in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the reported miracle guided by Father Enrique Torres, S.M., Postulator General
  • October 11, 1996 Decree validating the diocesan inquiry about the reported miracle
  • November 20, 1997 First medical consultation by the Congregation
  • November 19, 1998 Second medical consultation
  • January 14, 1999 Medical Council considers the healing of Elena Otero as “scientifically inexplicable”
  • March 1999 Exposition of the Miracle presented to the Congregation
  • May 11, 1999 Congress of Theologians and Promoter of the Faith considered the cure of Elena Otero as a miracle attributed to Venerable Chaminade
  • October 5, 1999 Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation voted unanimously in favor of the miraculous healing of Elena Otero
  • December 20, 1999 Promulgation of the Decree of Approbation of the miracle
  • September 3, 2000 Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in Rome

Compiled by Brother John Samaha, S.M. Cupertino, CA, USA January 22, 2005
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