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Fr. William H. Woestman

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Fr. William H. Woestman is Associate Vicar of Canonical Services for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Blog posts by Fr. William H. Woestman

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

    Why the Church Needs Saints

    When I was a young student studying for the priesthood in the early 1950s in Rome, one of my fellow students told of a visitation of a convent in which the canonical visitor found a small sealed bottle labeled “The Last Breath of Mother Foundress.” We all found that very funny. Sometime later I read in Reader’s Digest that among the objects found with the possessions of Henry Ford was a small sealed bottle labeled “The Last Breath of Thomas Edison.” Somehow this was not so funny. Who would put on display their grandmother’s false teeth? But a museum in Boston has on display George Washington’s false teeth.


  • Monday, April 28, 2014

    What is a Saint?

    A saint with a capital “S” is a deceased individual recognized by the Church as having lived an extraordinarily holy life by practicing the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, and the cardinal virtues of prudence, wisdom, justice and temperance in a heroic fashion, or as having sacrificed his/her life for the faith and is officially proposed to the universal Church as worthy of veneration as certainly in heaven and as an intercessor before God.