5 to 11 May 2013

The round up for 5 to 11 May 2013.

On 11 May, the Venerable Servant of God Luigi Novarese will be beatified.  A twentieth century Italian priest, he is best known as the founder of several organisations devoted to care for the sick.

Sunday 5 May, in 2001 in Guatemala City, the memory of the martyrdom of Barbara Ann Ford.  A nun with the Sisters of Charity of New York, she was shot while serving as a nurse in Guatemala.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 5 May, among the Breton, the memorial of the Venerable Servant of God Michel le Nobletz.  Born and died in Brittany, he was a late sixteenth to early seventeenth century priest and very active in the Counter-Reformation.  He was an innovative teacher, credited with some new ways of teaching the Faith in bas Bretagne.  (Curiously, one of those techniques is a sort of allegorical placard which, when I first saw it, reminded me a great deal of the Masonic tracing boards.)  He was declared Venerable one hundred years ago come December.

Monday 6 May, the memorial of Bl Francois de Montmorency-Laval.  Not usually considered an American saint, this Frenchman became the first Bishop of Quebec, and hence of all of the New World north of Mexico.  Needless to say, that covered most of the current United States.  He is also known for founding the Quebec Seminary.  He was beatified by Bl John Paul in 1980.

Also 6 May, the memorial of the repose of Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, my diocese’s hometown sainthood candidate.  A Russian prince, he lost his titles and lands when he became a Catholic and a priest.  Known as the Apostle of the Alleghenies, he was the first priest in this region of the country, serving to his death in 1840.  His diocesean phase is just about complete.

Tuesday 7 May, among the Orthodox, the repose of S Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre.  An Eastern Rite Catholic from Central Europe, he was not welcomed by the American Bishops — especially Bp Ireland — who were pressing for assimilation for the American Catholics.  Tragically, this lead to schism, but S Alexy was able to preserve the traditions of the Eastern Rite by bringing many Eastern Rite Catholics into what is now the Orthodox Church in America.  He was glorified in 1994.

Wednesday 8 May, the repose in New Jersey in 1927 of the Venerable Servant of God Miriam Teresa.  Born in New Jersey, she was a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and I don’t know a whole lot about her.  She died young, in her twenties, but with a reputation among her fellow sisters for sanctity.  Pope Benedict declared her Venerable in 2012.

For Thursday 9 May, I have nothing.

Friday 10 May, the feast of S Damien of Molokai, known as Damien the Leper.  A Belgian priest, his story is well known:  He was a missionary in what is now the state of Hawaii, where he served the lepers, the most outcast of people.  He would contract the disease himself, dying from it and passing on his ministry in large part to S Barbara Cope.  Pope Benedict canonized him in 2009.

Saturday 11 May, near Rockdale, Texas, in 1752, the martyrdom of Jose Francisco Ganzabal.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed by one of the Spanish presidio captains for denouncing his immoral ways.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Finally, also 11 May, the repose in 1936 in Rhode Island of Marie Rose Ferron.  From Quebec, she was a mystic and stigmatic.  She is popularly known as the Little Rose, and believed to be the first American stigmatist.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

S Damien the Leper, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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