The round up for 12 to 18 May 2013.
Though there are no beatifications this week, 12 May was the first canonization of Pope Francis’s reign. He canonized the Ss the 800 Martyrs of Otranto, S Laura Montoya of Colombia, and S Lupita (Maria Garcia Zavala) of Mexico.
Sunday 12 May, the martyrdom in New Mexico in 1582 of Francisco Lopez. A Franciscan priest and superior of a small group of missionaries from Mexico, he was attacked by Tigua while praying and killed with two blows to the head. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Monday 12 May, among the Breton, the anniversary of the repose of the Servant of God Yvon Nicolazic. A layman, of perhaps unfortunate past, he was a visionary. S Anne, the mother of His Mother, appeared to him 25 July 1624. Today this site is the most important pilgrimage site in Brittany. His cause was originally opened in 1937. Having gone dormant, it was revived in 2009 but has not progressed greatly.
Tuesday 13 May, I have nothing.
Wednesday 14 May, in China in 1945, the martyrdom of Otto Rauschenbach. A Maryknoll priest from Missouri, he was killed by one of the roving gangs during that period when China was what we would call today a failed state. I am not aware of a cuase for his canonization.
Thursday 15 May, in 1948 in Berlin, the anniversary of the repose of the Servant of God Edward Flanagan. A priest and the founder of Boys Town, he was born in Ireland but did his most significant work in America. He is remembered as an innovator in social work as well as a founder, and his work continues today. The cause for his canonization is just over a year old.
Also 15 May, in 1949 in New York, the repose of Peter Maurin. A French layman, also an immigrant to America, he joined forces with the Servant of God Dorothy Day in founding the Catholic Workers movement. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization though, like her, he is held in high esteem.
Thursday 16 May, the feast for Orthodox and Catholic alike of S Brendan the Navigator. An Irish monk, he is best known for the legends of his travels to America. (Incidentally, one of his crew would go on to become one of the Seven Founders of Brittany.) He was not canonized by Rome, as his cult long predates our modern system of canonization.
Friday 17 May, I have nothing.
Saturday 18 May, in 2009 in Guatemala, the martyrdom of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. A priest from Wisconsin with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he had spent decades working with the people of Guatemala as a peace and justice worker. He is thought to have been killed in a robbery gone bad. A cause for his canonization could not be opened before 2014, but I have heard no particular indication one will be.
Finally, also 18 May, the repose in Michigan in 1675 of Jacques Marquette. A Jesuit priest from France, he is recognized as a great missionary and explorer. So far as I know, however, he is not in the canonization process.
The Sainted 800 Martyrs of Otranto, orate pro nobis.
S Mother Laura, ora pro nobis.
S Mother Lupita, ora pro nobis.
S Brendan the Navigator, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.