Johannesburg, 12 May, 2022 / 8:49 pm (ACI Africa).
The cause for beatification of the founders of Little Eden Society, a non-profit South African entity that provides life-long care to hundreds of “children and adults with profound intellectual disability”, is progressing as per the given guidelines, a Catholic Priest involved in the process has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Vice-postulator of the cause for the beatification of Maria Domitilla Hyams and her husband, Daniel George Hyams (Hyams’ cause) said the process is “still in the local or diocesan phase”.
“The possible cause of beatification and canonization of Maria Domitilla Hyams and her husband, Daniel George Hyams is well underway. We are currently still in the local or diocesan phase, busy interviewing the witnesses and gathering all the evidence available,” Fr. Deneys Williamson said during the Wednesday, May 11 interview.
The late couple that founded Little Eden Society that cares for children and adults in two residential facilities in Johannesburg – Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home in Edenvale, and Elvira Rota Village, in Bapsfontein – are the first local couple to have been given the status of Servants of God by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Referring to the cause for beatification that began in 2018, Fr. Williamson said that Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg who initiated the process expressed his desire to begin an inquiry into the lives of the South African couple for “a possible cause of beatification and canonization”.