The Deacon's Bench

Some people are starting to think so.

The local press is reporting that an investigation is underway to determine if a nun who died over 20 years ago is responsible for a miracle:

If Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory is to one day become a saint, the miracle investigation formally opened here Monday, May 17, could prove a pivotal moment.

In a 20-minute ceremony at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center on Metlars Lane, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski formally opened the Diocese of Metuchen’s investigation into an alleged miracle being attributed to McCrory, the late founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

The diocesan investigation is the first phase — a fact-finding phase — of a church process designed to determine whether McCrory’s intercession in Heaven resulted in a miracle on Earth. Two verified miracles must be attributed to a deceased candidate for sainthood before he or she can be canonized.

As founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, McCrory spent her life caring for the elderly and ailing in long-term care facilities operated by the sisters. She died in 1984 at age 91. The Germantown, N.Y.-based Carmelite Sisters now operate 17 elder-care facilities around the country, plus one in Ireland. About 20 nuns from many of those facilities were on hand yesterday for the proceeding.

“Sometimes you hear about somebody being an imposing figure,” said Sister Kevin Patricia Lynch, a Carmelite sister who knew McCrory. “She was very imposing, but very warm.”

McCrory has been designated a “Servant of God” and her entire life has been the subject of an extensive investigation by the Diocese of Albany, her home diocese. That information was forwarded to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Having completed that process, those championing McCrory’s cause have been urging Catholics in need to seek McCrory’s intercession in Heaven. Those who believe their prayers to McCrory have resulted in a miracle are asked to contact the Carmelite Sisters. The miracle being investigated at the Diocese of Metuchen is one of those reported miracles that has been deemed worthy of investigation by a Vatican designee, or “postulate,” assigned to the case.

Details of the possible miracle are not being made public. During the opening session, Bootkoski and a panel of investigators took oaths promising to put God and the church first, and to keep the details they learn in the investigation secret until the process is complete.

But while she could not go into detail, Mother Mark Louis Randall, superior general of the Carmelite Sisters, said the miracle involves a family in the Diocese of Metuchen’s general area that prayed to McCrory to intercede with God after their unborn child was diagnosed with a genetic abnormality. Randall said when the child was born, the defect was not present in the degree it had been expected.

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