27 January to 2 February 2013

The round up for 27 January to 2 February 2013.

There were no beatifications.

Sunday 27 January, I have nothing.

Monday 28 January, the martyrdom in 1945 of William T. Cummings.  A Maryknoll priest and army chaplain, he died aboard a Japanese POW ship somewhere near Japan.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, though the Maryknollers list him among their martyrs.

Also Monday 28 January, among the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Julien Maunoir.  A Jesuit priest, he hoped to be sent to the missions of North America, like his friends Ss Isaac Jogues and Gabriel Lalemont.  He was instead sent to Brittany, where he served for forty-three years, forming a thousand missionaries to continue his work.  He is known as the Apostle of Brittany and was beatified by the Venerable Servant of God Pius XII.

Also Monday 28 January, also among the Breton, the repose of the Servant of God Francois-Marie-Benjamin Richard de la Vergne.  From Nantes he went on to become Archbishop of Paris and a Cardinal.  He is remembered as a defender of religious associations when they were apparently subject to persecution by the French State.  The French State evicted him when he was eighty years old from the Archbishop’s residence.  While his cause was opened in the early part of the twentieth century, I don’t think it is particularly active.

Tuesday 29 January I have nothing.

Wednesday 30 January, the feast of S Charles Stuart, king and martyr.  He has the distinction of being the only Anglican canonized by the Church of England after the Reformation.  (He is, of course, not a canonized Catholic saint; while Kings Charles II and III were Catholic, King Charles I called the Martyr was Anglican.)  Apparently, his feast was suppressed during the reign of Queen Victoria but is now optional.

Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February I have nothing.

Saturday 2 February, the repose in Minnesota of the Servant of God Giancarlo Rastelli.  A young doctor from Italy, he worked on pediatric cardiac health and is credited with some breakthroughs before his own health broke.  His cause is being conducted in Italy and is still in its early stages, but his story is touching.

Also Saturday 2 February, the martyrdom in 1706 of John Francis Buisson de St. Cosme, protomartyr of Louisiana.  From Quebec and part of the Quebec seminary, he was martyred by Native Americans on his way down the Mississippi.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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