BRIEF: Diocesan cause for sainthood opens this week for Father Thomas Price

Father Thomas Price, Courtesy of the Raleigh Catholic diocese

A Wilmington son’s cause for sainthood in the Catholic church is moving forward on Friday.

On Friday (March 9), the Most Rev. Michael Burbidge, bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, will formally open the diocesan phase for the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Thomas Frederick Price. Burbidge will lead an official installation of a tribunal for Price’s cause at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. The tribunal members will study the life, virtues and the reputation of Price.

Price’s cause was transferred in January to the Raleigh diocese from the Archdiocese of New York. Price’s cause for sainthood was originally introduced in the Archdiocese of Hong Kong, where he died.

Bishop Burbidge appointed the Very Rev. James F. Garneau, pastor of Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Mount Olive to lead the tribunal, which will also include Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, appointed by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints as Postulator of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Price, and other members, assisted by a Historical Commission and a Theological Commission.

As part of the diocesan phase of the Cause, Bishop Burbidge has signed an Edict for the Opening of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization for Father Price.

Anyone who can give testimonies about Price’s life or virtues can contact Father Garneau at The Office of the Episcopal Delegate for the Cause of Father Price, P. O. Box 1145, Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365.

Read a brief biography of Father Price from the diocese here:

A 1918 portrait of Father Thomas Price, courtesy of The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh

“Born on Aug. 19, 1860, in Wilmington, N.C., Father Price was the first native North Carolinian to be ordained to the priesthood. In the midst of his extensive 25 years of missionary work throughout North Carolina, Father Price developed an interest in dedicating his priestly ministry to the foreign missions of the Catholic church. In 1911, together with Father James A. Walsh, Father Price founded the Congregation of Maryknoll. In 1918, Father Price accompanied the first group of Maryknoll missionaries, who were sent for ministry in China. Shortly after his arrival in China, in September 1919, Father Price died following a brief illness.”

– Amanda Greene

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