12 July 1922: An alleged favour in South Africa through Fr Doyle’s intercession

A nun in South Africa wrote the following letter on this day (July 12) in 1922, alleging a favour through Fr Doyle’s intercession:

One of our Community had for some time been seriously ill in a sanatorium. One evening I got a telephone message to say Sister was on the point of death and that the doctor declared there was no hope unless a change took place at once. I called the Community together and we knelt down and asked Fr Doyle to send a change for the better by seven o’clock. It was then 6.30pm. Next day I went to the sanatorium. The infirmarian came out to meet me and her first words were: ‘Sister is out of danger, the change came in time’. I asked at what hour. ‘Seven o’clock last night’, was the reply. I had promised Fr Willie to have Masses said if he got our request granted, and that day i arranged for a number to be said in thanksgiving.

Of course, we do not have the competence to say for certain that this cure was brought about through Fr Doyle’s intercession, much less that it was a miracle. However, it is worth noting that this was a community of nuns praying to him in 1922, less than 5 years after his death, and we know that within 14 years of this death, there were at least 6,426 alleged favours from around the globe reportedly through Fr Doyle’s intercession. Were they all mere coincidences? Were there purely natural explanations for these favours? That is a judgement for others to make. 

But what we can say with certainty is that there was a real and substantial global devotion to Fr Doyle, and that this interest in his life and message is growing again.

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This blog and website was started 9 years ago today. (Post 3 of 3 today)

This website was launched 9 years ago today. At the time, I wasn’t sure how it would develop or whether anyone would be interested or whether I would have personally have the interest, or material, to keep it going. I honestly never thought that I would still be running it 9 years later.

I guess I now know the answer to all of these questions!

The last 9 years shows me that there is a global interest in Fr Doyle’s life and spirit. Many people around the world write to me asking about Fr Doyle’s cause or asking about the possibility of a posthumous award of the Victoria Cross or reporting a favour allegedly granted through Fr Doyle’s intercession. Others write to tell me about the inter-generational devotion to Fr Doyle in their family because of the help he gave to their grandfather or great-grandfather in the war.

Perhaps the most interesting of all are those – especially the young – who write to me having heard of Fr Doyle for the first time, and who have become intrigued by his spirit and his message and want to know more.

The last 9 years have seen a huge increase in interest in Fr Doyle. This is most clearly seen in the range of books and TV programmes that have been produced about him over this time. Links to these books can be found in the right hand column of this page (for those viewing it on a computer or laptop).

Thank you to all of those who have helped and commented and become friends through this site over the past 9 years. Let us continue to work together to make Fr Doyle more well known and hasten the day when the cause for his canonisation is opened. 

Interview about Fr Doyle on Mater Dei Radio

Over the past few months I have taken part in quite a lot of radio interviews about Fr Doyle. I am slowly getting around to posting them online. Here is another from last November from Mater Dei Radio; the programme is hosted by Mary Harrell.

https://materdeiradio.com/morning-drive-guest-patrick-kenny-to-raise-the-fallen/