By Ed Wilkinson and Currents News Staff
The cause of canonization for Bishop Francis Xavier Ford has taken on special meaning in the Diocese of Brooklyn, where he was born and raised before beginning his journey of faith. Brooklyn is where Bishop Ford first learned about the Catholic faith as a boy through his family’s love and from the examples of his teachers at St. Joseph’s School.
As this timeline shows, he attended the seminary to become a priest and, while there, decided to become a Maryknoll missionary in China. His decision to travel to the other side of the world to preach the Gospel was a bold one — one that made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in China.