Mother Émilie Gamelin's Beatification Chronology of Events

LEADING TO THE CAUSE
1851 - September 23 Mother Émilie Gamelin dies in Montreal, Quebec
1960 Sister Thérèse Frigon, SP, begins historical research and compilation of official documentation on Mother Gamelin's life and legacy
1961 - June 19 Émilie Gamelin Center established in Montreal to support historical research and to foster prayer to Mother Gamelin
TOWARD VENERABILITY
1977 - October 8 Official opening of the Cause of Mother Gamelin by the Postulator, the Reverend Angelo Mitri, OMI
1981 - May 31 Official Introduction of the Cause of Beatification, Notre Dame Church, Montreal
1981 - 1982 Three-person Historical Commission reviews and prepares 4,165 pages of biographical and historical documentation for presentation to Rome
1983 - March 1-23 Diocesan Process for the Cause reviews and approves the historic documentation and testimony of contemporary witnesses
1984 - July 13 Following review of the documentation, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issues a Decree of Validity of the Diocesan Process
1985 - 1989 Preparation of the Positio, a 500-page synthesis of the biographical documentation and findings regarding Mother Gamelin's virtues and her reputation for holiness
1989 - September 23 Positio presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
1990 - May 29 Six historians unanimously approve the historical accuracy of the Positio
1993 - April 27 Nine theologians unanimously proclaim the Heroic Virtues of Mother Gamelin and recommend that she be declared Venerable
1993 - October 19 Cardinals unanimously approve the recommendation of the historians and theologians
1993 - December 23 Pope John Paul II approves the Decree of Venerability, declaring Mother Gamelin as a woman of heroic virtues and a model for persons of all walks of life
TOWARD BEATIFICATION
1997 - October 6-17 Diocesan tribunal reviews the medical case of Yannick Fréchette, cured of leukemia in 1983, as a presumed miracle due to the intercession of Mother Gamelin, and forwards the medical and spiritual testimonies to Rome
1999 - December 16 Doctors in Rome issue a unanimous judgment that the cure of Yannick Fréchette is inexplicable by medical science
2000 - May 23 Panel of theologians issues a unanimous judgment that the cure of Yannick Fréchette was accomplished by God through the intercession of Mother Gamelin
2000 - November 21 Assembly of Cardinals and Bishops recognize the authenticity of the miracle
2000 - December 18 Pope John Paul II approves the Decree of Authenticity of the Miracle performed by God through the intercession of Mother Gamelin, and authorizes her Beatification
2001 - March 27 Opening of Mother Gamelin's tomb and recognition of her remains, Sisters of Providence Chapel, Montreal
2001 - October 7 Émilie Gamelin is beatified by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican in Rome