NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 80 years after her death, a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease is set to be beatified on Saturday.
Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927 at age 26, is scheduled to be beatified in a ceremony led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
The Bayonne native joined the Sisters of Charity in 1925. She died two years later, but her writings became influential in the Catholic church.
“Those reflections that she had written were spread around not only New Jersey but the midwest when some of our sisters went to Notre Dame in the 1950s or 60s,” Sister Kathleen Flanagan of the Sisters of Charity told 1010 WINS.
Sister Miriam Teresa is credited with curing a boy’s macular degeneration in the 1960s, according to the Archdiocese of Newark. The boy, Michael Mencer, was given a lock of the sister’s hair and prayed to her. The effects of the eye disease soon began to fade, church officials say.
“Within a period of six weeks, it was totally reversed,” said Sister Mary Canavan, vice postulator for the Sister Miriam Teresa League of Prayer in Convent Station.
“His sight was restored completely to 20/20 vision,” Flanagan said.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, this is the first mass of its kind to take place in the United States.
“It’s marvelous to be able to say we’ve had a saint walking among us,” archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness said.