20 to 26 January 2013

The round up for 20 to 26 January.

There were no beatifications.

Sunday 20 January, I have nothing.

Monday 21 January, the repose in New York in 1984 of the Venerable Servant of God Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory.  Originally from occupied Ireland, she was a nun most known for founding the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  Her heroic virtues were recognized this past June.  A miracle was sent from the diocesean level to the Vatican in 2010, but Rome has yet to rule.

Tuesday 22 January, the death in Slovenia of Francis Xavier Pierz.  A Slovenian priest, he was inspired by fellow Slovenian Venerable Servant of God Frederic Baraga to come to America.    He served among the Obijawa, but when the Protestants began flooding into the Midwest he also helped counter by bringing in Catholic immigrants from central Europe.  Among those who helped him serve the expanding Diocese of Saint Cloud were five Benedictine priests sent from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by Abbot Wimmer.  At the end of his life he returned to Slovenia, where he rests in a grave now unmarked, as the entire cemetery was razed during World War II.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 23 January was, of course, the feast of S Marianne Cope.  A German nun, she served first in New York and then in Hawaii, taking over from S Damien the Leper.  She was canonized in 2012 and this was her first feast as a saint.

Also Wednesday 23 January, the martyrdom in New Mexico in 1675 of Alonso Gil de Avila.  A Franciscan priest, he was martyred by Apaches while they were attacking his Pueblo flock.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 24 January I have nothing.

Friday 25 January, the martyrdom of the Florida Martyrs of 1704.  The Protestant British were hostile toward the Catholic Spaniards near the southern border, and Spain was in no position to defend her colony in Florida.  After some time of harassment, the governor of South Carolina set up an army of Native Americans and a navy of British and invaded.  The Spanish settlements were destroyed, 1400 Native Americans were sold as slaves, and the Franciscan library was burned.  The number slaughtered will likely never be known, but these are the martyrs I have found:  Juan Parga Arraiyo, Franciscan priest; Antonio Enixa, layman; Amador Cuipa Feliciano, layman; Manuel de Mendoza, Franciscan priest; Domingo Criado, Franciscan priest; Tiburcio de Osorio, Franciscan priest; Augustin Ponce de Leon, Franciscan priest; Marcus Delgado, Franciscan brother; Juan Ruiz Mejia, layman; Angel Miranda, Franciscan priest.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also Friday 25 January, among the Russians and the OCA, the Synaxis of All New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, meaning martyrs under the Bolsheviks.  Particularly for Americans, that would include S Tikhon of Moscow, S Alexander Hotovitzky, S John Kochurov, and S Seraphim of Uglich.

Saturday 26 January, the martyrdom in New Mexico in 1689 of Manuel Beltran.  A Franciscan priest, he was sent to work with the Yumas and Tanos.  After his martyrdom, the mission to New Mexico effectively ended.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

S Marianne of Molokoi, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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