10 to 16 March

The round up for the week of 10 to 16 March.  There were no beatifications that week.

Sunday 10 March, the anniversary in 1926 in Saint Louis of the repose of the Servant of God Teresia of the Holy Trinity.  Born in the Netherlands, she was a sister with the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus.  Her cause is still fairly young, having been opened after the recent beatification of the order’s foundress, the Bl Anna Maria Tauscher.

Also 10 March, the anniversary of the repose in Monroe, New York, in 1954 of the Servant of God Mary Teresa, foundress of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.  Currently active in three countries, their focus is on visiting people in their homes, particularly broken homes, hospitals, and such places.  Her cause is in the earliest of stages.

Also 10 March, the anniversary in 1692 on Onondaga, New York, of the martyrdom of two Native American laywomen, Margaret Garangowas and Frances Gonannhatenha.  Converts to Christianity, they were tortured and killed when they refused to renounce the Faith.  I’m not certain, but I think they may be the only Native American laywomen martyrs whose names have been preserved.

Monday 11 March, I have nothing.

Tuesday 12 March, the anniversary in Lynbrook, New York, in 2002 of the martyrdom of Lawrence Penzes and Eileen Tosner.  I’m not sure a motive has ever been determined for this strange case, and the Church does not call them martyrs, but as Fr Lawrence was gunned down while offering Mass and Miss Turner, a laywoman, was also gunned down while attending Mass, I’d say an argument can be made.

Wednesday 13 March, the anniversary in 1931 in San Diego of the repose of the Servant of God Federico Salvador Ramon.  Founder of the Servants of the Immaculate Child Mary (Esclavas de la Inmaculada Niña), he was a priest originally from Spain and his order today appears to be present only in Spain and Mexico.  He was in San Diego seeking medical treatment.  The diocesean phase of his cause appears to have been finished.

Thursday 14 March I have nothing.

Friday 15 March, the anniversary of the repose in 1711 of the Servant of God Eusebio Kino.  A Jesuit priest originally from Italy, he is recognized as a great missionary who helped open up Sonora and California.  His diocesean phase seems to have been completed recently.

Saturday 16 March, the repose in 1992 in Manila of the Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz.  Priest and founder of the Sisters of Mary of Banneux and the Brothers of Christ, he was born in Washington, D.C., but is most noted for his work in the Philippines.  The diocesean phase of his cause was completed in 2005.

Also 16 March, in 1758 in San Saba, Texas, the martyrdom of Alonso Giraldo de Terreros and Jose Santiesteban Aberin.  Franciscan priests from Spain, they were serving the Christian Apaches and were martyred by Comanches.  As I recall, this was the northernmost mission and effectively spelled the end of the Spanish missionary expansion in what is now Texas.

Finally, 16 March, among the Breton, the memory of the death of Brother Gildas, born Michel Pierre in Vannes.  Of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, he was sent to Gabon where he worked in farming and ranching until, at 39 years old, he was shot in the chest by a man he knew, in an act the congregation describes not as martyrdom but “madness.”

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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