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Another stage in the canonization process of Atonement Friars’ Founder Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, is now complete and he can be officially referred to as a Servant of God! Validating the work done by the Friars and the Archdiocese of New York, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has determined that all of the research in the diocesan phase of his canonization process has been done correctly and that Vatican officials can move on to the next stage towards canonizing Fr. Paul.
The Father Paul of Graymoor Guild would like to share with you the appointment of Fr. Pat Cogan, SA, as the new Director of the Guild. His appointment follows the passing of the previous Director, Fr. Joe Di Mauro in 2018 (you may read his obituary here). We are grateful for the diligent work of Fr. Joe and look forward to Fr. Pat's leadership.
The Father Paul of Graymoor Guild was established in 2016 to promote the cause for canonization of Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA. The Guild is a clearing house of information about the life and ministries of Servant of God Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, and news about the cause for his sainthood.
Lewis T. Wattson was born on January 16, 1863, in Millington, Maryland, the third child of an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Joseph Wattson and his wife, Mary Electa Gregory Wattson. He took his first breaths in the midst of the tragic Civil War in the United States that divided the country. He would grow to become a man of deep and abiding faith and an apostle of Christian unity and charity. He became known to the world as Father Paul of Graymoor. His lifework and message would advance the work of Christian unity. His charitable heart would support missions here in the United States and globally. To him, all people were the children of God, reconciled by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Father Paul of Graymoor Guild is to share information about the life and legacy of Father Paul Wattson, SA, and to provide resources to enrich understanding of his ministries through the written word, video, audio and photographic records. The Guild provides a prayer community focusing on his cause for canonization.
We invite you to pray for the cause of canonization of Father Paul of Graymoor, and continue to spread his influence throughout the world.