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Vatican saint maker searching for miracles in Co Tyrone

Venerable Mother Mary Angeline
Brendan Hughes

A VATICAN-appointed miracle investigator is travelling to rural Co Tyrone to search for evidence of a new saint.

Fr Mario Esposito will visit Clonoe parish outside Coalisland on Sunday as part of his investigations into the life of the Venerable Mother Mary Angeline.

Born Brigid Teresa McCrory and originally from Brocagh, Mother Angeline founded an order of nuns who cared the elderly and infirm in New York.

Efforts towards the nun's canonisation gathered pace in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI declared her 'venerable' – one of the steps on the path to sainthood.

Fr Esposito, from New York, is the priest chosen to investigate the holiness of the life of Mother Angeline and any perceived miracles attributed to her.

Clonoe parish priest Fr Benedict Fee yesterday said: "We are delighted to welcome him to the parish where the Venerable Mother Angeline was born and baptised.

"In welcoming him we are hopeful that the cause can been furthered and we will continue to pray for a miracle that will facilitate her beatification when she will be declared Blessed."

One miracle attributed to an individual allows beatification while a further two are usually needed for someone to be declared a saint.

Mother Angeline died in 1984 aged 91. In 2009, a US diocese launched an investigation into a miracle attributed to her and reported to the Vatican.

Fr Esposito will speak at 12.30pm Mass in Clonoe on Sunday during his one-day visit to the parish.

He will also lead the recitation of the Rosary and prayers for Mother Angeline's canonisation at her shrine at St Brigid's Church in Brocagh at 5.30pm.

Fr Fee encouraged anyone who would like to speak to Fr Esposito during his short stay to contact the Clonoe parish office.

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