Since becoming involved in Catholic new media, I have become acquainted with a good number of inspiring Catholics who have captivating faith stories. One such person is Bonnie EngstromÂ — she and I met at the Behold Conference in Peoria, Illinois a handful of weeks ago. Bonnie and her husband Travis are intimately involved in the beatification efforts for Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Maybe youâ€™ve heard their story? It blew me away. It goes something like this:
On September 16, 2010, Bonnie and Travis Engstromâ€™s son, James Fulton, was delivered stillborn at home.Â CPR was administered, 911 was called, James was transported to a hospital, and after 61 minutes of being without a pulse — just as the doctors were prepared to call time of death — James Fulton came back to life.
Throughout this trauma, the Engstroms and a cadre of prayer warriors asked for a miraculous full restoration through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, their childâ€™s namesake. Believing that God worked a miracle on their son, the Engstroms contacted the Sheen Foundation who then opened an investigative tribunal into the alleged miracle.
Central Iowa readers:Â there is more to this story, and you have the opportunity to hear it thisÂ Saturday, April 28 when Bonnie shares via video during The Bishop Sheen EventÂ produced by Karen & Tom Quiner of Breakthrough Productions (clickÂ hereÂ for a flyer). The event will also consist of:
- A screening of the documentary,Â Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant of Allâ€¨.
- A screening of the Archbishopâ€™s most popular talk from his television show, Life is Worth Living.
- A talk by Msgr. Frank Chiodo from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Des Moines on the impact Bishop Sheen had on the world.
Experience the wit, wisdom, and spiritual depth of this humble man who changed the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Join thousands of others who are promoting Sheen’s cause, praying for his canonization, and providing financial support. And if you don’t know much about this holy man of God, learn more about him at the Archbishop Sheen Cause website.
TIME:Â Â 11:00 AM
DATE:Â Â Saturday, April 28
PLACE:Â Â The Fleur Cinema, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Order ticketsÂ here