Sheen, Fulton - Timeline Biography

Time Period

05-08-1895 - 12-09-1979

Description

Fulton Sheen was a Catholic bishop, educator and renowned media figure. He taught theology and philosophy at the Catholic University of America (1926-1950), and served positions as bishop (Auxiliary Bishop of New York: 1951-1966; Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester: 1966-1969) and later archbishop (Titular See of Newport, Wales: 1969-1979).

However, it was his media presence that brought him acclaim. Sheen was known as a dynamic and eloquent speaker, who would convert difficult religious concepts into everyday language, making him a success in both radio and television. In 1930, he began appearing on the NBC radio program "Catholic Hour," which lasted 22 years and reached more than four million listeners. In 1952, he started his Emmy Award-winning program "Life is Worth Living," which lasted 13 years and reached an estimated 30 million watchers weekly. His themes of patriotism, Christian faith, and morality strongly resonated with both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans alike.

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Religious Groups

Catholicism (Western Liturgical Family): Other ARDA Links
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Movements

The Fourth Great Awakening

Photographs

Fulton Sheen broadcasting- Wikimedia Commons Fulton Sheen broadcasting- Wikimedia Commons

Fulton Sheen portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-123461 Fulton Sheen portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-123461

Book/Journal Source(s)

Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990.Dictionary of Christianity in America Downers Grove, IL.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996.The Encyclopedia of American Religious History New York: Facts on File.

Web Source(s)

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/971868/Fulton-J-Sheen
Fulton Sheen's Encyclopedia Britannica Biography

Web Page Contributor

Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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