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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

American Priest's Cause for Canonization Moves Forward

Father Thomas Frederick Price, the first North Carolina native-born Catholic priest, has moved one step closer to canonization. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge received notification from Rome that Father Price's cause for canonization was accepted.

Father Price, who was born in 1860 and ordained in 1886, became known for his evangelization throughout the state.

In his desire to spread the Catholic faith, he began publication of a magazine, established an orphanage in Raleigh and opened a missionary training house in the capital city.

In 1910, he and Father James Walsh of Boston began exploring the development of a missionary seminary that was granted approval by Pope Pius X in 1911. Their dream developed into the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, known as Maryknoll.

Bishop Burbidge's letter of notification.

More on Fr. Price

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