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Christian James attended the celebration in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for the 30th anniversary of the death of his grand uncle Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Sheen, who is buried in a crypt beneath the main altar in St. Patrick’s, is now a candidate for sainthood.
Also attending with Christian (C) was his mother Delia Sheen-James-Hamlin, her daughter Sarah Hamlin-Colella & granddaughter Josephine Colella, with Christian’s step-father Richard Hamlin and brother Andrew Hamlin & girlfriend. Christian is the son of Stray Leaves publisher Eric James, who was married by the Archbishop to his niece Delia Sheen.
Here’s a photo of then Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, speaking at the reception following my wedding with Delia, which he performed at St. Clement’s Church in Chicago. The reception was at the Ambassador East Hotel. To the right is Delia’s sister Cate Sheen. On the left is their half sister, Judy Cain/Sheen.
My mother had asked him to say something in honor of the wedding couple. He spoke about the heart not being perfectly formed, as we know it in iconography. The reason for the deformity is because God keeps a part of our heart, so it can be reunited with Him after our death.
Knowing that I had been in the seminary formerly, and knew the homily well as part of my training, Bishop Sheen then sat down. He leaned over to me and whispered, “I didn’t know what to say.”