21 to 27 April 2013

The round up for 21 to 27 April.  There is a beatification scheduled for Sunday 21 April, that of the Servant of God Nicolo Rusca, an Italian-Swiss priest and martyr.

Sunday 21 April, in 1936 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the repose of John McCort.  Second Bishop of Altoona, he served from 1920 to 1936.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 21 April, among the Breton, the repose in 1142 of Pierre Abelard.  From Nantes, he was one of the greatest thinkers of his age, but his legacy has been overshadowed by his disputes with S Bernard and his affair with Heloise.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 22 April, I have nothing.

Tuesday 23 April, in 1973 in San Juan, the repose of the Servant of God Maria Soledad.  Born Maria Consuelo Sanjurjo, she was a nun in the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, but is not to be confused with S Maria Soledad, the foundress of her order.  Born and died in Puerto Rico, her reputation for sanctity was apparently great.  Her cause was sent to Rome in 2009.

Also 23 April, the martyrdom in Alabama in 1708 of Jacques Gravier.  A Jesuit priest from France, protomartyr of Alabama, he was attacked by Native Americans and wounded by arrows.  The wounds did not heal, despite being seen by an army surgeon in Mobile and even despite returning to France for medical assistance.  Seeing he was never going fully to heal, he returned to his flock, dying three years later of complications from those wounds.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 24 April, the martyrdom in 1929 in Hunan, China, of Walter of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, Clement of Saint Michael, and Godfrey of Jesus.  These three martyrs, Passionist priests, were from Michigan, New York and Maryland respectively.  They were the first American martyrs outside of the United States, abducted and murdered by a band of Communist rebels.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 24 April, among the Breton, the memorial of S Benedetto.  Born Angelo Menni, in Milan, he was a priest and Hospitallar of Saint John of God.  (He also founded the order of the Hospitallar Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.)  As a youth, in 1860, he helped care for wounded soldiers being brought back to Milan, an experience that affected him deeply. He became a priest and was then personally called by Bl Pius IX to rebirth the Hospitaller order.  This he did, first in Spain, then Portugal, and then Mexico, as well as France, founding also the order of nuns.  In 1911, Pius XI named him general of the order, but for reasons I don’t quite know, he continued to face persecution in the order itself.  He appealed to the pope in 1912, but the persecutions continuing, he found himself exiled first to Paris and then to Brittany, where he died.  Bl John Paul beatified him in 1985 and canonized him in 1999.

Thursday 25 April, Friday 26 April and Saturday 27 April, I have nothing.

S Benedict Menni, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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