Catholics are calling for the late nun to be made a HOLY after her body was exhumed four years after her death
Faithful Catholics rush to a Missouri church after the body of a deceased nun was exhumed four years after her death with no signs of decay, as some call for her to be canonized.
Hundreds make the pilgrimage to Gower – about 39 miles north of Kansas City – to witness the immaculate body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, who died in May 2019 at age 95.
Lancaster’s body was buried outside the Benedictine Monastery of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, and was recently exhumed to be placed in a better tomb in the chapel.
At the time of Lancaster’s death, the nun had not been embalmed and workers expected to uncover bones from her body, but instead found it perfectly intact. When a body is embalmed, it prevents human remains from decaying.
The phenomenon has been dubbed “a miracle in Missouri,” and people are rushing to view the body, which will be on display until May 29. The remains of the deceased nun will now be placed in a glass case for all to see.
Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster’s body was recovered from her grave in Gower, Missouri with no signs of decay despite being buried since May 2019
Lancaster’s body was moved to a chapel in the Benedictine monastery of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, when it was believed to have been preserved. Pictured: Lancaster before her death
Mother Cecilia, head of the convent, remembered the first time she saw Lancaster’s body.
A crack in the coffin caused a layer of mold to form over the nun’s body. But when the abbess took a closer look, she was shocked to see a body part completely intact.
“I thought I saw a completely full, intact foot and I said, ‘I just didn’t see that,'” she said, according to the Catholic Press Agency.
The abbess took a closer look and “cheered” when she confirmed the sighting: “I see her foot!”
When the fungus was removed from Lancaster’s body, the crown and flowers she buried with, along with her rosary and crucifix, were left virtually untouched, according to the news agency.
Mother Cecilia called the miracle “hope” and credited the deceased nun with strong faith and confidence.
Several people have called for Lancaster to be canonized as a saint, as her body appeared to be incorruptible after four years underground.
The Catholic Church believes that a preserved body is a sign of sanctity after death. But an imperishable body does not always qualify a person for holiness.
Rather, it is “valued” by the Church as a miracle that cannot be understood outside of “divine intervention,” according to RomanCatholicSaints.com.
According to the Church, there is a list of saints around the world whose bodies are still intact after hundreds of years.
At the time of Lancaster’s death, the nun had not been embalmed and workers expected to uncover bones from her body, but instead found it perfectly intact. Pictured: Lancaster’s grave
The phenomenon has been dubbed “a miracle in Missouri,” and several people are rushing to view the body, which will be on display until May 29. Pictured: pilgrims outside the monastery
The Catholic Church believes that a preserved body is a sign of sanctity after death. But an imperishable body does not always qualify a person for holiness. In the photo: The Benedictines of Mary, the Monastery of the Queen of the Apostles
Mary Lou Enna, 85, was one of many visitors who traveled to witness the miracle.
“It was beautiful,” the Kansas City resident told the news outlet. “At first it was just a little unreal. But when I just stared at her, the tears started to come and I just knew it was real and very, very meaningful.”
“It was a miracle to see her body in perfect condition after her body had been in a grave for almost four years,” 61-year-old Enna added.
Tanya and Joe Schultz traveled eight hours from Kentucky to see the body with their children.
Tanya called it a “great miracle,” getting close enough to Lancaster’s body to touch her rosary and scapular.
“It’s believable and unbelievable at the same time,” she said.