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The Process of Beatification and Canonisation: The making of a New Zealand Saint
Suzanne Aubert, the foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion has always been held in high esteem by the people of New Zealand, regardless of race or creed. Although she died in 1926, her name as well as the work she started lives on. Since 1988 the New Zealand Anglican Church has placed her in their Book of Common Prayer calendar as a saintly woman.
For the Catholic Church to recognise Suzanne Aubert as a holy person or saint, a formal process has to be gone through. This has begun, here in New Zealand. In 1997 the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference readily agreed to support the first part of the process, which is called the “Introduction of the Cause of Suzanne Aubert”. The publication of her biography has been another of the main steps in the process. There also needs to be a study of her ‘virtues’, which will be revealed from studying her own writings.
Besides this, there have been many prayers through the intercession of Suzanne Aubert, requesting cures and miracles. Evidence must be collected, and witnesses examined to verify a miracle attributed to her. When sufficient proof of her sanctity has been gathered, this is then sent to the Church authority in Rome, who will examine what has been submitted, and decide whether or not to proclaim Suzanne Aubert as a holy person.
“To be a Saint we have only to do the Will of God,
- Suzanne Aubert’s Directory page 361;35