Just last month, the cause for the canonization of the founder of the Viatorians, Fr. Corbeil's Querbes WideLouis Querbes, inched a little closer.

Already, Fr. Querbes is recognized as a Servant of God by Vatican officials, which means his case has passed the first of four steps.

In a letter to Viatorian Superior General Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., said that the position paper documenting Fr. Querbes’ life and ministry, would be moved up and reviewed by the Special Congress of Theological Consultants in November, 2017.

Apostolic Blessing from Pope Paul VI

Apostolic Blessing from Pope Paul VI

This latest letter from the Vatican comes exactly 50 years after Pope Paul VI sent an Apostolic Blessing to the Viatorian Community on the 150th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Querbes.

In December of this year, Viatorians will celebrate the 200-year anniversary of his ordination, and all within a year of Vatican officials reviewing his cause for canonization.Beatification Prayer_crop