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Raleigh diocese takes up Wilmington-born priest’s sainthood cause

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh will work to get the first North Carolina native ordained to the priesthood officially declared a saint.

The diocese said this week it will formally begin the process on March 9 on behalf of the Rev. Thomas Price.

Price was born in Wilmington in 1860 and worked as a missionary priest in North Carolina before founding the Congregation of Maryknoll with the Rev. James Walsh.

Price died in 1919 while accompanying the first group of Maryknoll missionaries, who were sent to China.

The first step for the diocese is the appointment of a tribunal to investigate Price’s life and reputation for holiness.

The sainthood process can take years, and requires advancement through a number of preliminary steps.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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