Fulton J. Sheen

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Fulton J. Sheen

Born

5/8/1895, El Paso, Illinois, USA

Died

12/9/1979

Birth Name

Peter John Sheen

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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He was born in 1895 and baptized Peter John Sheen in El Paso, IL, in the United States. He was known as Fulton because that was his mother's maiden name. As an infant, he suffered from tuberculosis. In Sheen's childhood, the family moved to Peoria, IL, where he…more

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    • Bishop Sheen did his undergraduate studies at St. Viator College, Bourbonnais, Illinois. Then he attended St. Paul's Seminary in Minnesota, following with graduate studies at The Catholic University Of America in Washington, D.C.. He attained a doctorate in theology from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1923.

    • Bishop Sheen made the debating team in his freshman year of college. The night before a major debate with the University of Notre Dame, Sheen's coach said to him, "Sheen, you're absolutely the worst speaker I ever heard," an assessment that would prove to be laughable in retrospect.

    • Bp. Sheen: Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it.

    • Bishop Sheen's show Life Is Worth Living ran Tuesday nights at 8:00pm, opposite famous celebrities such as Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. His show held its own quite well in the ratings.

    • Bishop Sheen occasionally referred to his "angel" who would erase the blackboard when Sheen stepped away from it. This was done by an unseen stagehand.

    • Bishop Sheen authored ninety-six books and hundreds of articles and columns.

    • Fulton J. Sheen was ordained as a priest on September 20, 1919, at just 24 years old. Today, it is a remarkable event that a man be ordained before reaching 30 years old.

    • Bishop Sheen often referred to his "angel", who would erase the blackboard when Sheen stepped away from it. This duty was performed by a never-seen stagehand.

    • On October 15, 1969, one month after celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest, Sheen was appointed Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales by Pope Paul VI.

    • "Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn."

    • Actor Martin Sheen has said on several occasions that he took his stage name from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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