Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

He could not remember an age when he didn’t want to be a priest. Peter John Sheen was a first generation American, born of Irish parents. One of four brothers, he joked of his lack of aptitude for farming. Despite his given name, he was commonly known as “Fulton,” which was his mother’s maiden name. His hometown had the unlikely name of El Paso, Ill. Fulton’s mind must have been in the clouds, because he excelled at his studies, achieving the coveted spot of high school valedictorian.