The round up for the week of 24 to 30 March. There were no beatifications this week.
Sunday 24 March in Miami in 1994, the anniversary of the repose of the Servant of God Juan Jose McKniff. An Augustinian priest from Media, Pennsylvania, he is known for his missionary work in Cuba and Peru. (The cause for his canonization is being carried out by the Peruvian church.) In the secular world, he is best known for being almost killed in a bombing — alleged to have been by the CIA — of a French ship in Havana in 1960. He was the only American priest who refused to bow to the Castro regime, remaining in Cuba until 1968 when he was finally sent back to America. After trying for four years to return to his flock, he accepted his new post in Peru. The diocesean phase of his cause is finished and it’s now with Rome.
Monday 25 March, in 1736 in Mississippi, the martyrdom of Antoine Senat and twenty companions. Fr Senat, a Jesuit priest, is a rare example of a military chaplain counted as a martyr. The Gannon martyrology says: “His name is placed in our Martyrology because the Chickasaw, being allied with the English, seem to have hated the French not only on account of their nationality but also because of their religion, particularly in the case of the chaplain who did not take part in the actual fighting.” He is also known to have had the chance to flee but refused to leave his flock, ministering to the tortured and condemned even while they were in the flames. Thirteen of his companions are not known by name, but the seven others are: Pierre D’Artiquette, Francois Marie Bissot de Vincennes, Louis D’Ailebout de Coulonge, Louis Charles du Tisne, Francois Mariauchau D’Esgly, Pierre Antoine de Tonty, and Louis Groston de St. Agne. I am not aware of an active cause for their canonization.
Tuesday 26 March, Wednesday 27 March and Thursday 28 March, I have nothing.
Friday 29 March, among the Breton, the memory of the martyrdom in 1945 of Armand Vallee. A priest of the diocese of Saint-Brieuc, he was a chaplain and stretcher-bearer in 1940, receiving the Croix de Guerre for bravery. He was held six months as a POW. After being released he got involved with the Resistance, in 1942 being arrested again. He was sent around to a number of camps, where he served as a clandestine priest among the prisoners, until he grew too sick to work and was sent to Mauthausen to die. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 30 March, the anniversary in 1957 in Boulder Creek, California, of the repose of the Servant of God Cora Evans. She is a curious case, and one I can’t evaluate. A married laywoman, she was a convert from Mormonism to Catholicism and seems to have been a mystic. Her visions seem to have been detailed and plentiful, and her cause will be slow because of it I’m sure. It is currently in the early stages.
Also Saturday 30 March, the anniversary of the repose in 1990 in Mississippi of Thea Bowman. Also a convert, she was a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She is probably best known for her support of an African-American style within Catholicism. There are those who consider her a saint, but I am not aware of an actual formal cause.
All the saints, ora pro nobis.
All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.