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Current state of the  
Beatification Process

Overall view of the Diocesan- and of the Roman stage

 

This brief presentation is to show that it is about a conscientious and scientific process according to the law, in order to get the nearest possible to the truth concerning the life and death of Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger. Therefore as a rule, Beatification processes take a long time.
In the Chronology, there are the date and the already concluded stage – Promulgation of the Decree on the heroic virtues by Pope Benedict XVI. to be seen.
In the meantime we invite all to pray intensively for the further course of the Beatification process of Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger.
Let us spray to the Lord in his kindness that the Church may recognize the witness of (readiness to make) sacrifices, holiness and charity of our foundress, so that she becomes an example for others.
Let us time and again call on our candidate to be raised to the honour of the altars – the foundress of the Congregation of Niederbronn – for her intercession and help!

 

Chronology of the Beatification process
of Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger 

 

1931
August   Cardinal Protector Julian Van Rossum : “You have a foundress who is a saint!”
1932
15.11.   Healing of Florenz Baer
1933
27.02. Healing of Mr. T.
          
13.05. Healing of Franz Tabourean
1949
02.11. Healing of Jacques Baumgartner
          
01.05. Superior General, Mother Virginia informs herself in Strasbourg about the beginning of the process
    
10.05. Request / application to His  Excellency, Bishop Weber
    
24.05. Request / application sent to Rome – No. 200958
1950
08.11.

Exhumation of the remains of the Servant of God that had been buried on 02.07.1867 in the cemetery at Niederbronn.

 

 

The diocesan phase of the process

 

1951 29.01. Opening of the process in Strasbourg in 18 sessions
1952 30.03. Authentication and validation of the documents of  M. Burg
06.09. “                      “                         “           Ch. Wittmer
1953 10.01. “                      “                         “            A. Guth        
1955 12.01.       Opening of the process “non culto” (verification on whether there is an unauthorized cult) in Strasbourg
12.01.        Closing of the process by Archbishop Weber in Strasbourg    
  18.02.      Opening of the File of the process in the Congregation for the Cause of Saints
1955  02.04. Opening of the process “super scriptis” (on the documents) in Rome
Opening of the process “non culto” in Rome
1957  29.03. Approval of the mandate of the Postulator, Fr. Ben.
1962 02.02. Healing of Ms. Guyot Theresa
1962 29.01. Approval of the mandate of the Postulator, Fr. N. Ferrante
    Opening of the process “super miro” –on the Miracle
1963 02.07.        Congresso ordinario (regular sessions) on the documents
1963 06.07. Decree on the documents on the Servant of God

 

 

Reopening of the diocesan phase of the process

 

2003 31.10. Approval of the mandate of the Postulator, Sr. M. Katarina
2004 10.01. Mandate of the Vice-Postulator, Sr. Denise Hérissard
  10.01. Supplex libellus (request/application) to H. Ex. Mgr. Joseph Dorè, Strasbourg
28.04. Nomination of the “history experts”
02.06.    Imprimatur of H. Ex. Mgr. Dorè for the prayer for the beatification
2005 25.04. Request / application to the Congregation in Rome for Nulla Osta (permission to proceed)
30.08. Nulla Osta granted by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
2006 23.03. Decree for the resumption of the process – Formation of the Tribunal (court) by H. Ex. Mgr. Joseph Dorè
2006 07.06. Opening of the first session by H. Ex. Ch. Kratz, Auxiliary bishop in Strasbourg
Course of the process in 7 sessions
2007 25.06. Closing of the process by H. Ex. J. Grallet (Archbishop) in Strasbourg

 

 

Roman phase of the process: Verification and judgement

 

2007 28.06 Handing over the documents to the Congregation in Rome (3800 pages)
02.07. Decree for the opening of the Files by the Congregation in Rome 881 documents recognized)
16.11. Opening of the Files, Binding of the files (11 volumes – of 350 pages)
11.12. Request for the examination of the validity of the processes of 1955, 2007 CCS
2008 29.02. Decree on the validity of the process on the heroic virtues - 1955 and 2007
16.06.  Cardinal Andrè Vingt-Trois, President of the Bishops conference in France, approves the files for the Beatification process and confirms the relevance of the Causa Eppinger in France and to the universal Church          
16.06. Request of the Postulator for nomination of the Relator (examining magistrate) by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
05.07. Prefect confirms the nomination of the Relator for the Positio P. Ambrosius Ezser, O.P.
10.07.   First meeting for the drafting of the Positio
  10.10. Decree on the validity of the process concerning the miracle – Beginning of drafting the Positio super miro
2009 18.03. Presentation of the Positio super vita, virtutibus et fama sanctitatis (of the life, the virtues and the reputation of sanctity) to the Relator in the Congregation for theCause of Saints .
22.05. Official submission of the same Positio for the discussion of the “Historan-consultors“
  15.08. Synopsis and translation of the Summarium super Miraculo (Synthesis of the testimonies concerning the alleged miracle)
  07.09 Positio super miro – presentedfor Revisa (Examination)
01.12. Discussion of the “History-consultors“on the Positio super vita, virtutibus et fama sanctitatis – 6/6 affirmative
 
2010 20.01. Official submission of the same Positio for the discussion of the theologian-counsellors
  13.04. CCS (Congregation fort he Cause of Saints) grants Revisa N° 1854 for the Summarium of the alleged miracle
  22.04. Fattispecies cronologica (chronological description of the facts) presented to the Relator  
2011 29.01. Session von Theologen über die Heroizität der Tugenden  – affirmativ
31.01. Request to H. Em. Cardinal Amato for the nomination of Cardinal Ponente (President of the Causa)
 
18.06. Nomination of Cardinal Paul Josef  Cordes  as President    
18.10. Sessio Ordinaria (regular session) of Cardinals and Bishops - affirmative
 
19.12.

Promulgatio (solemn promulgation) by Pope Benedict XVI.