17 to 23 March

The round up for the week of 17 to 23 March.  There were no beatifications that week.

Sunday 17 March, I have nothing.

Monday 18 March, the repose in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1964 of Joseph Timothy O’Callahan.  A Jesuit priest, he was a Navy chaplain in World War II.  He received the Medal of Honor for this actions when the U.S.S. Franklin came under attack in 1945, caring for and comforting the wounded and dying, helping organize fire fighting crews, and personally helping to cool the ammunition to avoid explosions.  So far as I know, there is no cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 18 March, among the Breton, the memorial of Bl Marcel Callo.  A young man from Rennes, he was involved with the Young Christian Workers’ movement.  In 1943, he was deported by the Nazis with their STO, forced labor program.  The Nazis didn’t much care for the way he was organizing the workers, however, and sent him to the camps in 1944.  In March 1945, he died in Mauthausen.  In 1987, Bl John Paul beatified him as an individual martyr, though the cause of fifty other martyrs of the STO remains in progress.

Wednesday 20 March, in 1730 in Illinois, the memorial (the date is uncertain) of the martyrdom of Gaston.  A priest with the Quebec Foreign Mission Seminary, he was martyred by the Tamara Indians, a subtribe of the Illinois, not long after he arrived as a missionary among them.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 21 March, the anniversary in 1960 in Washington, D.C., of Howard Carroll.  Fourth Bishop of the diocese, he was the first Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, as the name was changed between the death of his predecessor and his own appointment.  He was the first Bishop of the diocese to die outside the diocese, but he was the last Bishop of the diocese to die in the office. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 22 March, among the Breton, the memorial of the repose of Vincent Huby.  (I am not certain I have the right date.)  A Jesuit priest from Brittany, he was a spiritual writer and associated with the reforms and spiritual revival in Brittany in the seventeenth century.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 23 March, the anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Catherine de Francheville.  Also associated with the spiritual revival of seventeenth century Brittany, she is credited with discovering the Spiritual Exercises of S Ignatius Loyola and bringing them to Brittany.  She founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Virgin of the Retreat of Vannes — commonly known as the Sisters of La Retraite.  The order was dispersed by the Revolution but was able to reorganize itself.  If there has been movement in her cause in recent centuries, I am not aware of it.

Finally, Sunday 23 March, in 2003 on the road to Baghdad, the memory of the death of Lori Ann Piestewa.  She was the first Native American woman to die in combat for the United States and the first woman to die in the Iraq War, having been killed in the same battle that led to the injuries of Jessica Lynch and Shoshana Johnson.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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