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Monsignor Stanley Deptula and Bishop Daniel Jenky with Ed Sutkowski

Monsignor Stanley Deptula and Bishop Daniel Jenky

Bishop Daniel Jenky

Monsignor Stanley Deptula

Life & Work of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria
Msgr. Stanley Deptula, Executive Director of the Archbishop Sheen Foundation

Episode #601


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Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria and Monsignor Stanley Deptula, Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation discuss the life and work of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a man once referred to by the Reverend Billy Graham as "the greatest communicator of the twentieth century."

Sheen's life began in El Paso, Illinois. The son of a hardware store owner father with a second grade education and a mother with an eighth grade education, Sheen and his three brothers achieved great success in their respective vocations: an Archbishop, a physician, an attorney and an industrialist.

Archbishop Sheen rose to prominence first as a member of the Catholic clergy and later as the host of Life Is Worth Living, an ABC program that in its prime reached up to ten million viewers and transcended traditional religious boundaries. Sheen was outspoken when it came to issues about which he felt strongly. He delivered railing sermons on the evils of Communism, while reminding viewers not to judge the Russian people based on their government's ideals. While serving as the Bishop of Rochester, Sheen spoke out against what some considered to be the racist hiring practices of Eastman Kodak, the city's largest employer.

Bishop Jenky and Monsignor Deptula describe the canonization process, involving 22 volumes of testimony, currently underway for Archbishop Sheen.

Original Air Date(s): 5/19/2010

Biographical Information

Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., D.D., Bishop of Peoria

Bishop Jenky was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois.

In January of 2002, His Holiness appointed Daniel R. Jenky as the eighth Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, and on April 10, 2002, he was installed in the Cathedral of Saint Mary. Since his installation, Bishop Jenky has traveled widely around the twenty-six counties of the Diocese, celebrating Mass, visiting parishes and schools, preaching, giving talks, and conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation.

He has introduced the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and has worked to increase the resources that support Catholic schools.

(For more biographical information please visit The Catholic Diocese of Peoria Website. Link provided below)

Monsignor Stanley Deptula, Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation

Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, Msgr. Stanley Deptula was ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on May 25, 1996. He served in parishes in Moline, Wenona, Lostant and Minonk. He also served as the assistant director of the Newman Foundation of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. From 2004 to 2008 he served as Chaplain and Director of the St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C. appointed Msgr. Deptula as the Executive Director for the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation in April of 2006.

He also serves as a Vice-Chancellor and Director of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.

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