1 to 10 November

Just to catch up.

Thursday 1 November is All Saints Day, commemoration of all those in heaven, known and unknown. It is also the prime feast day for Saint Death.

Also Thursday 1 November, the anniversary in 1982 of the repose of the Servant of God Vincent McCauley. He was a priest with the Congregation of the Holy Cross, an educator and missionary in Bengal and Uganda, but is best known for being the first Bishop of Port Royal, Uganda, and largely establishing the Church in that country. Wikipedia says his cause went to the Vatican in 2006 but I believe that is a mistake; I think the diocesean phase of his cause was opened in 2006.

Also Thursday 1 November, the anniversary of the death in 2009 in New Mexico of Marguerite Bartz. She was a nun with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the order founded by S Katherine Drexel, educating the Native Americans in Navajo, New Mexico. She seems to have been killed in one of those robberies gone bad that take so many people working among the disadvantaged. So far as I know there is no cause open for her canonization; even if there is intent to open one, it could not be done before 2014.

Friday 2 November, the sixteenth anniversary of the death of J. Carroll McCormick, fifth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. He served from 1960 to 1966 and attended the Second Vatican Council from Altoona-Johnstown, but in 1966 he became the first Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown not to die in office when he was appointed sixth Bishop of Scranton. I am aware of no cause for his canonization.

Saturday 3 November, because it is the first Saturday in November, is among the Antiochean Orthodox the feast of S Raphael of Brooklyn, sent to New York City in 1895 by Tsar S Nicholas II to minister to the Orthodox community there. He is credited with being one of the prime forces establishing Orthodoxy in America.

Sunday 4 November, among the Breton, the memorial of Bl Francoise d’Amboise.  Francoise d’Ambois was duchess from 1450, when her husband, Pierre II, Duke of Brittany’s elder brother unexpectedly died, to 1457, when sickness took her husband. (Curiously, beatified Breton nobility seem to only be the in-laws.) They had no children, and when her husband the duke died and the king of France tried to marry her off, she refused and became a Carmelite nun in the delightfully named convent of the Three Maries in Vannes. She is noted for her personal piety, for her good influence on those around her (such as her husband), and for her benefices to the poor and the Church. Her body was saved from profanation twice during the Huguenot Wars and the Revolution. Her cult was confirmed by Rome in 1863.

Also 4 November, in Brittany, the anniversary of the death in 1667 of Catherine Danielou. Born in Quimper, she was a great mystic, stigmatist, and Marian visionary, one of a handful of Breton mystics of this time. So far as I know there is no cause open for her canonization, though she is referred to informally as a Servant of God.

Also 4 November, the anniversary of the martyrdom in San Diego in 1775 of Fray Luis, protomartyr of California. A Franciscan priest, he was serving in a mission when, at the instigation of the local medicine men, a mob attacked the mission, beating him to death and killing some other civilians and setting fire to the buildings. Conversions are said to have increased dramatically after his martyrdom. I’m not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 4 November, the anniversary of the martyrdom in 1834 in St Augustine, Texas, of Antonio Diaz de Leon. Also a Franciscan priest, he was head of the missions when they were secularized and the Spanish priests deported. He was recalled to Mexico, where the Church was struggling for a lack of manpower, but was then sent as a travelling missioner to tend to the Catholics scattered through the Texas territory. The details of his death are not known for sure to this day, but many believe he was murdered by one of the anti-Catholic bigots filtering in from the north. I’m not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 5 November, among the Russian Orthodox, is the feast of the election of S Tikhon of Moscow to the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia. He was an important missionary in America and figure in the establishment of Orthodoxy in this land.

Also 5 November, among the Breton, the anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu. From Saint-Malo, he was a priest with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and founder of the Handmaids of Our Lord. From 1908 to 1945 he was Vicar Apostolic of Papua New Guinea, and admired for his personal holiness. (In an interesting symmetry, Saint-Malo gave this Bishop to New Guinea, and the current Bishop of Quimper himself was born in Tahiti.) His cause has been passed on to Rome.

Tuesday 6 November, Wednesday 7 November, Thursday 8 November and Friday 9 November I have nothing.

Saturday 10 November, the anniversary of the martyrdom in 1661 of Jean Dequerre (or Dequen?). He is poorly attested and generally considered not to have existed. His name appears as the first of the Mission of Illinois and the Mississippi, and if he did exist he was a Jesuit missionary killed in 1661, though the date is uncertain and the location is just known as somewhere west of the Illinois River.

Also 10 November, in Perugia, the beatification of Maria Luisa Prosperi. A nineteenth century Benedictine nun who entered her convent right after it’s reopening following Napoleon’s suppression, she is known as a mystic and a stigmatist as well as being abbess of her monastery.
All the saints, ora pro nobis.
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