Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the Church’s great missionaries.
In 1979, the Jesuit magazine America called him
“the greatest evangelizer in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. He lavished personal attention on both rich and poor.”A reporter observed in 1952:
“The bishop’s official date book, listing names of those he plans to see (‘I will see anybody with a spiritual problem’), regularly bulges with eight hundred to a thousand entries.”Thousands attended his convert classes. No one, of course, could count the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, who came into the Church, wholly or in part, as a result of Sheen’s publications and media and personal appearances.