Marquette, MI – Bishop John Doerfler’s statement on support of Houle sainthood cause:
It is an occasion of great joy in the Diocese of Marquette to receive the (unanimous) support of the U.S. bishops in the canonical consultation on the cause for canonization of Irving C. “Francis” Houle.
This is an early step in the cause for sainthood of a man who is an example of holiness for the ordinary guy.
Houle’s wife described him to me as “a wonderful husband and father.” He was “the guy next door” and a holy man in the words of his pastor.
An athlete, veteran, husband and father, 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and diligent worker in retail and manufacturing, Houle illustrates living a life of faith and holiness from family to the workplace.
In addition, Houle’s humility and self-sacrifice for his family, and the healing of others through his ministry of prayer are noteworthy. The extraordinary gifts of healing and the stigmata are further illustrations of how God chooses the lowly and humble as his instruments.
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