Father Bernard Ryan as postulatorArchbishop Redwood appointed Father Bernard Ryan as postulator for the cause of Suzanne Aubert.
DeathThe death of Father Ryan.
Economic depressionNew Zealand suffered a severe economic depression.
Devotion to Suzanne AubertThere was concern by Archbishop McKeefry that there would be devotion to Suzanne Aubert that is only accorded to saints.
Preparation of the cause of Suzanne AubertArchbishop McKeefry appointed Father M. Mulcahy of the Society of Mary to assist in the preparation of the cause of Suzanne Aubert.
Father Rafter was appointed postulatorFather Rafter was appointed postulator. A Postulator is appointed to guide and oversee the cause.
Anniversary of Suzanne Aubert’s deathThe fiftieth anniversary of Suzanne Aubert’s death: Interest was again roused and many people contributed in building up a dossier of recollections about her.
The Centenary year of the Sisters of CompassionThe Centenary year of the Sisters of Compassion: Jessie Munro was appointed to write an authentic biography of Suzanne Aubert, which she called “The Story of Suzanne Aubert”. This biography received the 1997 Montana Book of the Year award.
The New Zealand Bishops ConferenceThe New Zealand Bishops Conference: The bishops all agreed to support the first part of the process "The Introduction of the Cause of Suzanne Aubert”. This gives the Bishops an opportunity to express their opinion on the Servant of God and the introduction of the cause. It is the responsibility of all the bishops. Before this time the documents collected had not been examined by Church authorities.
A brief summaryRelevant material since the time of Suzanne Aubert was accumulated and sorted. A brief summary of this was sent to Cardinal Williams. A petition was included asking that he initiate the proceedings for the cause of Canonization.
Approval to SainthoodThe Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave its approval to proceed with a Diocesan Inquiry. Sister Patricia Hannan, a Dominican Sister was appointed Postulator. Her mandate was to deal with all details and Diocesan procedures, and she acted as the representative for the Sisters of Compassion. Following the theologians and historians examination on the writings of Suzanne Aubert, Sister Patricia wrote a report on Suzanne’s virtues and her reputation for sanctity. The diocesan inquiry is discernment on the part of the local Church, under the direction and guidance of the bishop, as to whether there exist a solid reason for initiating a cause of canonization based upon the existence of data which can be proven in fact and in law.
A Diocesan InquiryA Diocesan Inquiry announced by Cardinal Williams was held at the Island Bay Home of Compassion. During the inquiry a number of people testified to the goodness and virtue of Suzanne Aubert. Stories and testimonies concerning her reputation for holiness were collected. A medical Commission to examine the “Favours received or Cures” was interviewed. All documentation relating to the inquiry was sent to the Congregation of Saints in Rome. During the same year permission was given from Rome to formally introduce the cause for beatification, and the cause moved into the Roman phase. Suzanne was given the title “Servant of God”. Father Vito –Tomàs Gómez O.P. was appointed postulator and Monsignor José Gutierrez was appointed the relatore (chairperson). The ceremony of beatification is the public declaration that a person has lived a heroically holy life, is with God, has the power of intercession with God for us and is a model for all.
The Sisters commenced the writing of a PositioSisters Margaret Anne Mills and Josephine Gorman travelled to Rome to meet Monsignor Gutierrez. The Sisters commenced the writing of a Positio, the official record of Suzanne Aubert’s life.
New PostulatorFather Vito Gómas Garcia was no longer able to continue his role as postulator due to language problems and the Sisters of Compassion were advised to get an English speaking postulator, Fr. Maurice Carmody.
Father Vincenzo Criscuolo was appointed RelatoreMonsignor Gutierrez retired. December 2009: Father Vincenzo Criscuolo was appointed Relatore by Vatican officials. A relatore is appointed by the Congregation for the cause of saints to examine the position historically and theologically to ensure it is accurate.
Prayers for the causePamphlets with prayers for the cause for the beatification of Suzanne Aubert were distributed in New Zealand parishes. The pamphlets, in English and Te Reo Māori, were requested from the Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand bishops.
Positio finishedFather Maurice Carmody presented the finished copy of the Positio he had completed to Father Vincenzo Criscuolo in Rome.
Endorsement of the spirituality and works of Suzanne AubertThe New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference endorsed the establishment of a National Committee to promote knowledge of the spirituality and works of Suzanne Aubert. Bishop Charles Drennan has been appointed the liaison person between the Conference and the Committee. Mr John Bergin was appointed to oversee and manage the support process for the Beatification and Canonisation of Suzanne Aubert. The Positio, on the life and virtues was completed by Father Maurice Carmody, and consigned to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for examination by the appropriate authorities. Three bound copies were sent from Rome to Father Maurice Carmody, the Postulator for the Cause for Beatification of the servant of God. Translation of Email Received from Fr Vincenzo Criscuolo: 5 February 2014.
Cause can proceed furtherThe Historical consultation, concerning Suzanne Aubert, took place on the 4th February. The votes of the Consultors were unanimously positive. Therefore, the Cause proceeded further. The next step was the Theological Consultation followed by the Ordinary Congregation of the Most Eminent Cardinals and Bishops. Having the decree on the heroic nature of her virtues and the title of venerable for Suzanne Aubert was dependant on all this going well.
Suzanne Aubert declared VenerableIn December Pope Francis declared the founder of the Sisters of Compassion Suzanne Aubert ‘Venerable’. Being declared “Venerable” marks an important milestone on the path to canonisation. Focus now shifts from proof of Suzanne’s heroic virtue from an historical and theological point of view, to one which builds on our faith in a very specific way: the recognition of a miracle prior to Suzanne being declared “Blessed” and another before she is finally proclaimed “Saint”.