The round up for 28 April to 4 May. There will be a beatification on 4 May for the Venerable Servant of God Francisca de Paula de Jesus, known as Nha Chica, the Western Hemisphere’s first beatification of the year. An orphan, a laywoman, she seems to have been renowned for a Marian spirituality, a service to the poor, and a reputation for holiness, and to have built the chapel that is now the Shrine of Our Lady of Conception. Her memorial will be 14 June, the date of her death.
Sunday 28 April, in Bolivia in 2010, the death of Esteban Robert Wood. A priest from Washington, he had been working in Latin America for about four decades. He was involved with helping the Children of God out of their cult. He was killed in what is believed to have been a robbery gone bad. I’m not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 28 April, among the Breton, the feast of S Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. Born in Brittany and dying in the Vendee, he was a priest, founder of the Company of Mary (among other groups), and a spiritual writer particularly known for encouraging devotion to Mary. He was canonized in 1947.
Monday 29 April, in 1553 on Padre Island, Texas, the deaths of Diego de la Cruz, Hernando Mendez, Juan Ferrer (somehow related to S Vincent Ferrer) and Juan de Mena. All Dominican priests, they were on their way to the American missions when their ship was caught in a storm. These four died in Texas as they attempted to get back to Mexico. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Also 29 April, in 1938 in China, the death of Frederic Fourre. (Although I now see his death was actually 22 April, not 29 April, according to the Singapore Free Press, anyway; better fix that.) A Franciscan priest from Brittany, he was working in the missions in Changlo (or Changle), China, at a girls’ school. The Japanese forces forced their way in to his school — allegedly looking for Chinese bandits — and when Fr Fourre tried to defend the students, he was shot in the head. Three Chinese nuns also were killed. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Tuesday 30 April, Wednesday 1 May, and Thursday 2 May I have nothing.
Friday 3 May, among the Breton, the repose of Louis Eudo de Kerlivo. He was of noble birth and known as a musician, singer and dancer before he entered the seminary at 20. A priest and at one time vicar general of his diocese, in Morbihon, he is known for founding a hospital in the town. A new hospital was opened in his honor and with his name last year, but I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 4 May, among the Orthodox, the feast of S Vasily Martysz. He was a missionary in America — of particular note to me, in the next county for a while — from 1900 to 1912, but then he returned to Poland where he was active in the nationalist movement and helped establish the Polish Orthodox Church. He was martyred by brigands at the end of the Second World War. He was glorified in 2003.
S Louis de Montfort, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, ora pro nobis.
All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.