7 to 13 April

The round up for the week of 7 to 13 April.

This week will see two beatifications.  On 7 April, the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Cristobal de Santa Catalina, a Spanish Franciscan priest and founder of the Franciscan Hospitallers of Jesus the Nazarene.  On 13 April, the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Luca Passi, Italian priest and founder of the Teaching Sisters of Saint Dorothy.

Sunday 7 April, in 1940 in Brooklyn, the repose of the Servant of God Bernard Quinn.  Born in New Jersey, he was a priest most known for his activities on behalf of New York’s African American community, advocacy which led him into even greater conflict with groups like the Klan than even Catholics normally experienced.  His cause was opened in 2010.

Also 7 April, in 1988 in the Philippines, the martyrdom of Carl of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  A Passionist priest, born William Schmitz in Chicago, he had worked as a missionary around the Far East, including in China and Japan, but it was in the Philippines when he was gunned down by someone with suspected paramilitary ties as he worked among one of the indigenous peoples.  The cause for his beatification has been opened as of 2004, but I have no other details.

Also 7 April, among the Orthodox, the feast of S Tikhon of Moscow.  Bishop of Alaska from 1889 to 1907, he was recalled to serve as Bishop of Moscow from 1917 to 1925.

Monday 8 April, Tuesday 9 April and Wednesday 10 April, I have nothing.

Thursday 11 April, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1939, the repose of the Servant of God Therese of Jesus.  Born in Munster as Anna Marie Lindenberg, she founded the Carmelite Nuns of the Ancient Observance here in Pennsylvania.  Her Carmel is still active, and I think her cause was just opened a couple of months ago.

Friday 12 April, among the Breton, the memory of the martyrdoms of the Servant of God Maurice-Philippe Bouchard and the Servant of God Roger.  Bouchard, born in Nantes, was a layman involved with the Scouts of France.  Roger, born in Finistere, was a Franciscan (priest or brother; I’m not sure which).  Both had been deported in the Nazi STO forced labor program.  Both died 12 April 1945, Roger in Langenstein, Austria, Bouchard on a “train of death” in what is now the Czech Republic.  The collective cause of these two and forty-eight other martyrs under the STO program is still open.

Sunday 13 April, I have nothing.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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