Update on the Cause of Servant of God, Rhoda Wise

The following remarks were given by Dr. Valentina Culurgioni, postulator for the Cause of Servant of God, Rhoda Wise, at the annual Mass to pray for the Cause on July 7, 2023 at St. Peter Church, Canton:

Your Excellency, Bishop Bonnar, Monsignor Cariglio and all the Clergy, All devotees of the Servant of God Rhoda Wise,

I am very happy and grateful to be here with you today!

Rhoda’s Cause of beatification and canonization is now in the Roman phase. After the closing session of the Diocesan Inquiry, the Acts were sent to the Dicastery of the Causes of Saints in Rome. The Dicastery recognized the juridical validity of the Inquiry on July 5, 2019, and appointed, among its members, a Relator. The Relator is leading the redaction of the Positio super vita, virtutibus et  fama sanctitatis (life, virtue, and reputation of holiness), which is a unique volume composed of a systematic re-organization of the documents collected in the Acts. This important task has been entrusted to Avv. Claudia Ciotola, our Collaborator, who’s doing very good work! We expect that next year, at this time, the Positio will be completed and will be ready to be submitted to the historians, theologians, and bishops of the Dicastery for their evaluation. 

Every prayer that each of us offers is a little but essential drop in this deep sea. Please keep praying and witnessing to Rhoda’s intercession in your lives and keep witnessing the merciful love of God who gives us such friends to grow and be strengthened in faith and in His love. 

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Cindee Case is Consultant for the Office of Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry in the Diocese of Youngstown. She has more than three decades of service in youth ministries and young adult ministries, and became the Diocese of Youngstown's first Social Media Minister in 2021. Cindee holds a Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University of New Orleans. Cindee can be reached at and (330) 744-8451 ext. 280.
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