Friday, May 10, 2013

Sheen Get's Lifetime Achievement Award From Alma Mater!

At a Mass celebrated by Msgr. Stanley Deptula, Msgr. Mark Merdian and Fr. Adam Stimpson, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen received the lifetime achievement award from his Alma Mater, now called Peoria Notre Dame. The award was accepted by Msgr. Deptula who is the Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation in Peoria, IL.

Sheen was enrolled in Spalding Institute conducted by the Brothers of Mary. He thought the Brothers were excellent teachers, given to discipline, yet much beloved. One of his classmates was Jimmy Jordan, who later on became known on radio as Fibber McGee. Just across the street in the girls Academy of Our Lady was a young girl who later became Fibber’s wife Molly on radio. One block away at Peoria High School was a boy who later became Andy of the famous Amos and Andy team. Thus Peoria produced four famous radio personalities of those times. Sheen was valedictorian of the class his senior year.

After the Mass there was a reception in the school library where special guests could admire the award.  Also in attendance were “friends of Sheen”, Sharon Fulton, Jane Hunt, Michelle Rebello and Grace Sposato.     


  During the Mass was the May Crowning of Mary.  This is the same statue of Mary that would have been at the school when Sheen attended.  Pictured here is the crowning at the Mass and Sheen visiting the school later in life with the same statue in the background.