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.