Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen conducted the first religious service broadcast on television, won Emmy, bested ratings of biggest stars.


Sheen was what we would call today a multimedia personality — from 1925 until 1968, he wrote over seventy-three books, hosted his own radio show, and later, two television shows.

His weekly Sunday night radio broadcast was The Catholic Hour, and he even conducted the first religious service broadcast on television.  In 1951, his television show, Life is Worth Living, consisted of him and a live audience, occasionally speaking with a chalkboard.

It was fairly well known for being able to stand against ratings giants Milton “Uncle Milte” Berle and Frank Sinatra, leading Berle to joke, “He uses old material, too.” Sheen responded in jest that people should start calling him “Uncle Fultie”.

When Sheen won an Emmy in 1952, he accepted the acknowledgment by saying, “I feel it is time I pay tribute to my four writers—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”

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  1. Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Venerable Archbishop Fulton J.Sheen, pray for us


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