US nun credited with curing boy to be beatified


NEWARK, New Jersey–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 the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The ceremony is the third in the four-step process to sainthood.

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, of the Sisters of Charity.

Mencer did not return calls for comment.

The beatification comes less than a year after the event was certified as a miracle by Pope Francis, though church officials started the process in 1945 when the bishop of Paterson began studying Sister Miriam Teresa’s life and virtues, according to the Sisters of Charity.