The round up for 17 to 23 February.
There were no beatifications this week.
Sunday 17 February, the most recent name in my file: Evaristus Mushi. A priest, he was born and died in Zanzibar, but he was educated in the United States and served as a priest in Florida for some years in the first part of the century. Entering church for Sunday Mass, his way was blocked by two men and he was shot. There is currently no cause for his canonization.
Monday 18 February, I have nothing.
Tuesday 19 February, the repose in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1858 of the Servant of God Mathias Loras, first Bishop of Dubuque, born in Lyon. Gannon says: “After serving for seven years in the diocese of Mobile, Alabama, he was consecrated bishop in 1837, with jurisdiction over Wisconsin Territory which then comprised the entire region from Missouri to the Canadian border, and from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. After laboring as a pioneer bishop for twenty years, he died in 1858. The diocesan process for his beatification was begun in Dubuque in 1937.” It hasn’t gone much further; when I emailed the diocese last year, they said they were still leisurely reviewing his writings, but considered the cause still open.
Wednesday 20 February, the memorial of the martyrdom in Wisconsin in 1715 of Leonard Vatier. Protomartyr of Wisconsin, nonetheless very little is known of him. He was a missionary priest, a Franciscan, operating out of Detroit. He was abducted by Native Americans in 1707 and reported killed by Fox Indians in 1715. There is no cause for his canonization of which I am aware.
Thursday 21 February, the memory of the martyrdom of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford. A Maryknoller Bishop, he is the highest ranking martyr of that Order so far. Born in Brooklyn, he helped co-found the Order and went to China as a missioner. After China fell to the Communists, he stayed with his flock until, in 1950, his mission was seized and he was imprisoned, where over the course of about fourteen months, he was slowly killed through exhaustion, starvation, and abuse. I am not sure what the status is of his cause.
Also 21 February, the memorial of the martyrdom in New Mexico in 1639 of Diego de San Lucas. A Franciscan priest, the details of his death are not clear, but he was killed with arrows, possibly during a raid by Apaches. There is no cause for his canonization of which I am aware.
Friday 22 February, the martyrdom in New Mexico in 1632 of Francisco Letrado. A Franciscan priest, he was missionary to one of the Zuni pueblos. One Sunday, when no one showed up for Mass, he went to the village to see what was wrong. When he arrived, he saw trouble was brewing. He knelt, prayed, and was cut down by arrows. His body was mutilated, but never found.
Also 22 February, the death in 1879 in Wisconsin of Dominic Martin Kundig, known as Martin Kundig. Born in Switzerland, he was a Swiss Guard in his youth, likely the only or one of the very few American-connected members. He went on to be a priest and to do a lot of work in Wisconsin, though I haven’t read all about it. I am not aware of any cause for his canonization.
Saturday 23 February, the repose in Wisconsin in 1864 of the Venerable Servant of God Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli. As a youth in Italy, he was recognized as very bright and pretty much able to choose his path in life. He chose the Church, becoming a Dominican priest and missionary in the young United States, where he also founded a group of Dominican nuns. He was declared Venerable in 1993. At least one miracle was sent to Rome, but I don’t know the status.
Also 23 February, the martyrdom in 1908 in Denver of the Servant of God Leo Heinrichs. A Franciscan priest from Germany, he was shot at the altar during Mass by a self-described Anarchist seeking to kill a priest. His cause has been open since the twenties, but I don’t think there has been much movement in recent decades.
All the saints, ora pro nobis.
All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.