24 February to 2 March 2013

The round up for 24 February to 2 March 2013.

There were no beatifications this week.

Sunday 24 February, the death in 1987 in Buffalo of A. Joseph Bissonette.  Thought to have been a robbery gone wrong, he was one of two priests killed by the same killers.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 25 February and Tuesday 26 February, I have nothing.

Wednesday 27 February, the repose in Florida of the Venerable Servant of God Felix Varela y Morales.  Born in Cuba, he is a hero to the Cubans for his efforts at their liberation from the Spanish Empire.  He was also a priest; having spent most of his life in exile in the United States, he worked most in New York where he is known for his teaching and writing as well as ministry to the poor of the City.  He was declared Venerable in March; I’m not aware of movement on his beatification.

Also 27 February, the martyrdom in Arizona in 1632 of Martin de Arvide.  Protomartyr of Arizona, this Franciscan priest was killed by the murderes of Fr Letrado.  After killing Fr Letrado, they pursued Fr Arvide for days, finally catching him, torturing him, mutilating him, and killing him.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 27 February, among the OCA, the feast of S Raphael of Brooklyn, a Syrian priest sent by Russia to plant the Orthodox Church in the Eastern United States.

Thursday 28 February, the death in Saigon in 1972 of William Gagnon.  Born in New Hampshire, he grew up in Canada.  He was a brother with the Hospitaller Brothers of Saint John of God, serving in a small monastery in what is today Ho Chi Minh City.  Though living there as the war raged around him, his death was unconnected to the violence.  His cause is in Rome.

Friday 1 March, the feast of S David of Wales.  He traveled in Brittany, and with the confirmation of his cult in 1120 became one of the earliest Brittany-associated saints to be officially recognized by the Church.

Saturday 2 March, the martyrdom in 1697 south of Saint Augustine, Florida, of two men whose names have been lost to history, one a Native American, a convert and layman, and the other a Franciscan priest and missionary, killed likely by Appalachees.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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