At the initiative of Felix Leseur and the Dominican Order of Preachers, the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Paris opened the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Elisabeth Leseur in April of 1936, with the consent of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. At this step, the honorific title Servant of God was permitted.
Once opened, a Cause begins with the Informative Process, in which testimony about the life and virtues of the Servant of God are collected and documented. Also, the public and private writings must be examined. This phase concludes with the judgment of a diocesan tribunal, and the ultimate decision of the bishop, that the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God have or have not been demonstrated. These results, along with the bound volumes of documentation, or Acta (Acts), are communicated to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
It is not uncommon for the Informative Process to take a number of years; in Elisabeth Leseur’s Cause, the second world war interrupted the Process, and while sporadic efforts have continued, the inquiry has never been concluded.
The international Association Elisabeth Leseur’s Circle of Friends was created with two primary goals. The first was to provide a unifying organization to document, support and promote the worldwide interest in Elisabeth’s Cause. We are working daily to share Elisabeth’s message of unconditional love. As language barriers fall and communication around the world becomes easier, ever-more people are connecting with her profound spirituality.
Our second goal is to reactivate the formal Cause. For many years now, the official Actor for the Cause (i.e. the person, group or organization that provides the impetus and coordination required to move the inquiry phase forward, while underwriting most of the expenses) has not been able to continue these efforts, and the process remains stalled. In 2018, Elisabeth Leseur’s Circle of Friends petitioned the Archdiocese of Paris for permission to take over the role of Actor, but to date diocesan officials remain reluctant to accept a lay Association based in the United States.
We remain confident in the merits of Elisabeth’s Cause. While we wait for God’s providence to unfold, we urge you to share any personal experiences that support Elisabeth progress toward Sainthood with all of the relevant officials. If her spiritual message has helped with some struggle in your life, or if you were granted a miracle through Elisabeth’s intervention, please share this with us, and with the two offices below.
** The office in Paris functions primarily in French. If you need translation assistance, we would be happy to help you.
For additional information on the Process of Beatification and Canonization, please see this informative page on the EWTN website.