Yesterday the Holy See declared Mother Elizabeth Prout, foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, to be Venerable. The Holy Father, in an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, authorised the same Congregation to promulgate a decree recognising the heroic virtues of this Servant of God. Mother Elizabeth Prout is buried in the Archdiocese and it was in the Archdiocese that her sainthood cause was opened in 1994.
I am delighted that the Holy See has further recognised the holiness of Mother Elizabeth Prout. She made a significant contribution to the Church and the people of England and further afield in education and healthcare, and the Sisters of the Congregation that she founded continue to show the care of the Catholic Church for those in need.
This will be joyful news for the Cross and Passion family, and I am sure that our prayers as an Archdiocese are with them as Mother Elizabeth Prout is recognised in this way. Let’s pray also that the Shrine at Sutton will be a place of prayer for her eventual canonisation.
+Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool