Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO – Fr. Stefano M. Cecchin, OFM, vice postulator of the Friars Minor and a postulator guides in the Catholic Church, a cause for beatification or canonization.

Fr. Cecchin also is president of the Pontifical International Marian Academy in Rome and a lecturer in Mariology at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome.

Fr. Cecchin is researching the cause for sainthood for Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda (the Lady in Blue). Sor María is known in West Texas for her possible inspiring Jumano Indians to request mission work at their camping grounds at the confluence of the Concho Rivers (San Angelo). Franciscan missionaries came to the area in 1629 and 1632, the first such missionary work among Native Americans in Texas.

Fr. Cecchin arrives in San Angelo today, August 4 and leaves Thursday, August 10.

Below is Fr. Cecchin's itinerary schedule:

Monday Aug. 7, (TBA): Fr. Cecchin will tour sites on the Concho River downtown, including the future site of the statues honoring the Jumanos and the Lady in Blue.

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m. Reception for Fr. Cecchin at Bentwood Country Club.

Wednesday, Aug. 9: 9 a.m. Fr. Cecchin will tour Fort Concho; 12:30 p.m. reception at Holy Angels Church; 2:30 p.m. tour of San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

The Vatican is investigating the re-opening of Sor María’s case for sainthood and has sent a top official to West Texas (Fr. Cecchin will visit Midland on Sunday) as part of that research. A documentary film crew also is accompanying Fr. Cecchin on the visit.

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