The life, virtues, and reputation of sanctity of Henriette Delille were tried at the Archdiocesan New Orleans Tribunal and an alleged miracle attributed to her intercession was tried in the Galveston- Houston Tribunal.
All documents were signed, boxed, sealed, sent to Rome and registered at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. These documents were declared valid on November 10.
The Positio, a compilation and defense of all the documents, written by our Postulator, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, on Henriette's Life, Virtue and Reputation of Sanctity was completed.
Seven historians approved the Positio.
Nine theologians gave their approval of the Positio
15 Archbishops and Cardinals from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirmed that Henriette Delille practiced heroic virtue.
The Pope declared Henriette venerable.
The research into Henriette's life is now finished, and finished with a positive decision.
The Positio on the alleged miracle was completed. It must be approved by: two doctors; then 7 doctors; and 7 theologians.
The combined work of the doctors and theologians will be given to the members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who will present the conclusion to the Holy Father.
If positive, Henriette will be declared blessed.
The Beatification Ceremony will take place in new Orleans, LA.
Another miracle will be needed for sainthood.
SISTERS MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
Sister Eva Regina Martin, Congregational leader of the Sisters of the Holy Family accompanied by four additional Sisters made a pilgrimage to Rome in late October; their purpose of the visit was two fold.
The first reason was to attend the October 21st canonization of St. Katherine Tekakwitha.
Reason two, was to visit Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, the Vatican congregation that will make a judgment on the possible beatification of Mother Henriette Delille, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1842. Her purpose was to care for and educate slaves and free people of color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans.
The Vatican congregation is still reviewing the medical cure of Marilyn Groves from life threatening double pneumonia and bacterial infection as a 4-year old. Groves, the grand niece of Sister Doris Goudeaux of the Sisters of the Holy Family, began to rally from her serious illness after her family prayed for her healing through the intercession of Mother Henriette. Sister Eva Regina said that Cardinal Amato remains very interested in the cause. A panel of medical experts has asked for more information about Grove's recovery before it can affirm that healing has no clear medical explanation. Cardinal Amato said, "the process of the case is still in good shape, but right now it rests with seven doctors.
That's where everything is right now. There are some questions that need to be answered and once they pass that, that should be the greatest hurdle."
Joining Sister Eva at that meeting were Sister Greta Jupiter, Assistant Congregational Leader, Sister Marie de Montfort, Geneva James and Lucille Stelly. The cardinal urged the sisters to continue promoting Venerable's story to as many people as possible. "Our challenge is to make her known, to put her name out there and tell the world about her so that people can pray to her and call on her name. Sister Eva said, "He told us we need to pray and make sacrifices to make sure the cause is brought forth. It all depends on prayer and sacrifice" She indicated that she does not know how long the process will take from this point but the original doctors have been asking for more information on the healing. "Our job is to pray this thing through, " Sister Eve said. "When it's going to occur, I don't know. It's kind of like a mystical experience of faith."