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Official opening of the diocesan documents of the Good Mother

        Dear Sisters and Brothers,

    As you know, on Friday 24th October, 2008, we celebrated the closing of the diocesan process for the Canonization of the Good Mother at the mother house of the Congregation in Paris. It was a very nice ceremony in the hall, in the chapel and in the cemetery of Picpus and many participated. As the Postulator General of the Cause, I brought all the sealed documentation to the “Congregation of the Causes of Saints” (C.C.S.) in Rome on the 27th October 2008.
 
    We wish to inform you that on Monday, February 2nd at 10:30 we will have a short ceremony at the Congregation (C.C.S.) in which the documentation concerning the Cause of the Good Mother will be opened and checked in presence of all of the Sisters and Brothers from the two Generalates, Sr. Jeanne Cadiou, Fa. André Mark and some students from the Postulator’s course that I am attending. After the short ceremony, which is mainly a juridical act, we will celebrate the Eucharist at the Sisters’ house followed by lunch.
 
    I would like to add some information about the follow up. First, the “Congregation of the Causes of the Saints” will bind all the documents in order to produce a “Copia Publica et Transumptum inquisitionis dioecesanae in curia ecclesiastica parisien super vita e virtutibus” of Henriette Aymer de la Chevalerie.  Then the Monsignor appointed by the Congregation (C.C.S.) and myself will collaborate together in reviewing the work done in Paris. Normally this will take five or six months. Let us pray for the successful outcome of the cause. 

    Finally, in the name of the Sisters, I would like to thank all of those who collaborated in this wonderful work, especially André Mark.
 
    My fraternal best wishes to all of you,


    Alfred Bell ss.cc.

01/27/2009