Cause for Sainthood
On July 6, 1993, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli was declared “Venerable” by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. This is the first step to canonization or official Church recognition of his sanctity. Rome formally acknowledged that his virtues were heroic: “Beyond doubt” Father Samuel exemplified the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. The title “Venerable” was granted in response to a formal request made to Rome 30 years before, in 1964. We are now praying that Rome will name him “Blessed,” the second step toward sainthood.