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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Fulton John Sheen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1895 in El Paso, Illinois

Died: 1979 in New York, New York

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Illinois Connection

Bishop Sheen was born in El Paso and ordained a priest in the Peoria Diocese in 1919.

Biographical and Professional Information

He earned the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosphy in 1923. In 1951 He was appointed auxilliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. He was there until 1956 when he became the Bishop of Rochester and in 1969 he became the Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales. He hosted a radio program "The Catholic Hour" for 20 years (1930-50) before moving to television with "Life is Worth Living" that aired from 1951-1957. In 1961 he was the host of the Fulton Sheen Program 1961-1968 for which he won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality. His shows were rebroadcast starting in 2009 on EWTN and Trinity Broadcasting. Sheen is often referred to as one of the first television evangelists.

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Titles At Your Library

Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen
ISBN: 0385177097

Image. 1982

Treasure in Clay provides a lifetime’s worth of wisdom from one of the most beloved and influential figures in twentieth-century Catholicism.

Completed shortly before his death in 1979, Treasure in Clay is the autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen, the preeminent teacher, preacher, and pastor of American Catholicism.

Called “the Great Communicator” by Billy Graham and “a prophet of the times” by Pope Pius XII, Sheen was the voice of American Catholicism for nearly fifty years. In addition to his prolific writings, Sheen dominated the airwaves, first in radio, and later television, with his signature program “Life is Worth Living,” drawing an average of 30 million viewers a week in the 1950s. Sheen had the ears of everyone from presidents to the common men, women, and children in the pews, and his uplifting message of faith, hope, and love shaped generations of Catholics.

Here in Sheen’s own words are reflections from his childhood, his years in seminary, his academic career, his media stardom, his pastoral work, his extensive travels, and much more. Readers already familiar with Sheen and as well as those coming to him for the first time will find a fascinating glimpse into the Catholic world Sheen inhabited, and will find inspiration in Sheen’s heartfelt recollections. Treasure in Clay is a classic book and a lasting testament to a life that was worth living.

Life of Christ
ISBN: 0385132204

Image Books. 1990

Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen's many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and, most of all, the Savior, whose promise has sustained humanity for two millenia.

With his customary insight and reverence, Sheen interprets the Scripture and describes Christ not only in historical perspective but also in exciting and contemporary terms -- seeing in Christ's life both modern parallels and timeless lessons. His thoughtful, probing analysis provides new insight into well-known Gospel events.

An appealing blend of philosophy, history, and biblical exegesis, from the best-known and most-loved American Catholic leader of the twentieth century, Life of Christ has long been a source of inspiration and guidance. For those seeking to better understand the message of Jesus Christ, this vivid retelling of the greatest story ever lived is a must-read.

Peace of Soul

Blandford Press. 1950

Crown and Commonwealth (Romanes lectures series)

Clarendon P. 1953

Life is Worth Living
ISBN: 0898706114

Ignatius Press. 1999

Bishop Fulton Sheen's renowned and inspiring television series, Life Is Worth Living, was watched by millions of viewers from all walks of life and every religious belief. This book contains the full-length scripts of forty-four of those top-rated programs that drew thousands of letters weekly to Sheen from his viewers in response to the advice and insights he gave on his shows.

Bishop Sheen's writings, tapes and videos are as popular today as when he was alive. His timeless insights offered in this book give wise, personal and inspiring guidance on the problems affecting our lives in today's world. His talks cover an amazing variety of subjects, from the character of the Irish to the handling of teen-agers. He discusses education, Christianity, relativity, and world affairs. He speaks about love, conscience, fear, motherhood, work. He tells amusing anecdotes, recites poetry, and ponders the fate of the free world as well as America's destiny.

Among his many best-selling books, none has greater universal appeal than Life Is Worth Living. It offers a stirring and challenging statement of Bishop Sheen's whole philosophy of life and living. It is a book for everyone - of immediate concern to all people seeking understanding, belief, and purpose in these troubled times.

Lift up your Heart

Blandford Press. 1951

Way to Happiness: An Inspiring Guide to Peace, Hope and Contentment
ISBN: 0818907754

Alba House. 1998

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Peace of Soul
ISBN: 0892439157

Liguori Publications. 1996

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen brilliantly examines the vast differences between the benefits of psychotherapy and true confession that leads to conversion. While one may help the patient gain some peace of mind, the Christian gains something far greater through the grace of Confession: peace of soul.

"The writing is clear and forceful, the logic frequently brilliant...This is a rewarding experience for any reader and those of other religions or of none will enjoy it even when in disagreement".....Catholic World.

Simple Truths: Thinking Life Through With Fulton J. Sheen
ISBN: 0764801694

Liguori. 1997

Brimming with rich and life-changing words of wisdom from one of this century's most beloved Catholic writers, this book touches on virtually every aspect of the human condition.


Guide to Contentment
ISBN: 0818907738

Alba House. 1997

Sheen explores those areas of greatest concern to us -- love, anxiety, beauty, freedom, self-pity, sex, faith, and more.