The Cause

These are important recent events affecting Julia’s Cause for canonization:

  • Aug. 4, 2016 – The Archbishop hired Dr. Waldery Hilgeman, J.U.D., to be Roman Postulator for the Cause.
  • Aug. 6, 2016 – Archbishop Samuel Aquila asked the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for the decree nihil obstat
    (nothing stands in the way) for opening Julia’s Cause. Julia is thereby entitled to be called Servant of God.
  • Oct. 22, 2016 – The Congregation of Causes of Saints published its decree nihil obstat.
  • Nov. 14, 2016 – The U.S. hierarchy endorsed Archbishop Aquila’s decision to open the Cause.
  • Dec. 18, 2016 – Archbishop Aquila officially opened the Cause at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica during the 8:30 Mass.
  • Archdiocesan Chancellor David Uebbing is the local Vice Postulator of the Cause; Fr. Giovanni Capucci, the Archbishop’s Delegate; and Fr. Vincent Phung, the Promoter of Justice.
  • May 26-31, 2017 – Julia Greeley’s mortal remains were exhumed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo., by team led by Dr. Christine Pink, PhD, Metro State University. All but one small bone from a finger were recovered, as was an extra rib. Dr. Pink determined Julia’s height to have been five feet, one inch, and said that her spine, legs, and hands were covered with arthritis.
  • June 7, 2017 – The Servant of God’s bones were transferred to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, where they were received by Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez in a solemn ceremony. After the creation of third-class relics, the bones were placed in a redheart-wood funerary chest, which was permanent placed in the northwest corner of the transept, where the faithful may now privately reverence Julia’s bones and invoke her intercession.

New Video: Cemetery visitors say body of proposed saint being exhumed