Priest sees ‘kinship’ between Chesterton, church’s ‘Little Flower’

MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Whether a sainthood cause will be opened for G.K. Chesterton is uncertain, but for a Catholic priest investigating the life of the much-beloved British journalist, philosopher and humorist, the effort already has been a memorable journey.

A year ago, it was announced that such an investigation would be opened, Fr. John Udris was charged with conducting it by his bishop, Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England.

Currently spiritual director of St. Mary’s Seminary in Oscott, England, the priest is the previous pastor of Chesterton’s parish, St. Teresa’s in Beaconsfield.

Chesterton (1874-1936) was an agnostic who converted to Catholicism in 1922 and became one of Catholicism’s best-known defenders.

Fr. Udris spoke Aug. 1 at the 33rd annual Chesterton Conference at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. The July 31-Aug. 2 gathering was curated by the American Chesterton Society.
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