Prayer to Blessed (Father) Chaminade Credited for Curing Local Woman’s Cancer
WHAT: An evening prayer service marking the official closure of the Archdiocesan investigation into the alleged miracle cure
WHEN: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7PM
WHERE: Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, 401 South Lindbergh (north of 40) in Frontenac
Frontenac, MO – Rachel (Baumgartner) Lozano was told she was going to die. Since her sophomore year in high school, she had been diagnosed with cancer three times, and she underwent three different therapies to kill the cancers, including chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant and surgery. Doctors told her that no one had ever survived her type of cancer after a stem cell transplant.
Rachel was among a group of St. Louisans chosen to attend a beatification ceremony in 2000 in Rome for the founder of the Society of Mary, (Marianists), Father William Joseph Chaminade. She began to pray for his intercession and care. An Argentine woman's cure of lung cancer had already been attributed to his intercession. During the months after her return from pilgrimage her cancer aggressively returned. After a long fight, and eventual diagnosis that her situation was terminal, doctors went in to remove the third tumor, and found that it was dead. They told Rachel there was no medical explanation for the sudden reversal.
Because the claim of the miracle happened in St. Louis, the Marianist order followed Vatican protocol and asked Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to investigate the claims. The Archbishop established a tribunal to interview all those involved. The Tribunal has now concluded its investigation and will send its findings to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If the Congregation deems the cure a miracle, it is the final step toward Blessed Chaminade becoming a saint.
Only one other declared miracle has taken place in St. Louis and this cure was declared authentic in 1886. It was chosen as one of the required two for the canonization process of St. Peter Claver.