10 to 16 February

The round up for the week of 10 to 16 February.

There were no beatifications this week.

Sunday 10 February, the repose in 1976 in Arizona of the Servant of God Paul Michael Murphy. A young layman from Illinois, he was an architect and a member of the Miles Jesu movement, a movement where its members, mostly laypeople, live in community and engage in what was then not yet called the New Evangelization.  His cause was opened in 2006 and is still in the diocesean phase.

Also 10 February, among the Breton, the martyrdom in 1943 in Cologne of Frere Clair-Marie.  Born Jean-Baptiste LeGeay in Montbert, Loire-Atlantique, he was a religious with the Brothers of Christian Instruction of Ploermel.  Wounded in the First World War, when he returned home he became a teacher.  After the Occupation, in 1940, he set up a resistance network in Loire-Atlantique to gather information for the British and help downed pilots.  The Nazis discovered this and transferred him to another school, but as it was in Cotes-d’Armour, he pretty much just did it again.  Denounced in 1941, he was deported to Germany where, on his 46th birthday, he was beheaded.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 11 February, I have nothing.

Tuesday 12 February, the martyrdom in 2005 in Brazil of Dorothy Stang of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.  From Dayton, Ohio, she traveled to Brazil to work for and with the indigenous peoples and to help protect the Amazon.  She was ambushed and shot while reading from her Bible on her way to a meeting to help the indigenous farmers.  One of her shooters was apparently imprisoned, but the man believed to have ordered the killing is still free.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Wednesday 13 February, the martyrdom in 1982 of the Servant of God Hermano Santiago.  Born James Alfred Miller in Wisconsin, he was with the De LaSalle Brothers, a teaching order, and taught in Nicaragua and the United States before being transferred to Guatemala.  He was shot, it is believed by agents of the government retaliating for the Church’s defense of the poor, while he was helping repair the school where he taught.  His cause for canonization — as a martyr — was opened in 2009 and is already in Rome.

Also 13 February, the repose in 1888 in Santa Fe of Jean-Baptiste Lamy.  A Frenchman, he was the first Archbishop of Santa Fe and, through much labor and travel, set about cleaning up the place after the Mexicans had deported the European religious and left the American Southwest understaffed insofar as the Church goes and, thus, in a state of disrepair.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, but his story is quite interesting.

Thursday 14 February and Friday 15 February, I have nothing.

Saturday 16 February, the repose in 1926 in New Jersey of the Servant of God Jan Cieplak.  A Polish Archbishop, he was the highest ranking Catholic in the Soviet Empire after the Russian Revolution, and was subject to harassment, surveillance, and eventually to a show trial and imprisonment.  Under international pressure, he was freed from the Gulag.  He was on his way to a new posting as Archbishop of Vilnius but never arrived, as while he was visiting Eastern Rite parishes in the United States his health finally gave out.  His cause for canonization has moved in fits and starts since at least the sixties, probably the fifties, but there doesn’t seem to have been much movement on it lately.

Also 16 February, the repose in Wisconsin in 1923 of the Servant of God Stephen from Dublin.  Born John Eckert in Dublin, Ontario, he was a Capuchin priest in New York and Wisconsin.  He is best known for his work among the African American community in the Milwaukee area.  His cause has been in Rome since 1985.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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