9 to 15 June 2013

The round up for 9 to 15 June 2013.

This will be a busy week for beatifications, seeing three beatifications in two ceremonies.  Sunday 9 June, in Poland, will be the beatifications of the Venerable Servant of God Zofia Czeska-Maciejowska and the Venerable Servant of God Małgorzata Łucja Szewczyk.  The former was a seventeenth century Polish nun and foundress of the Sister s of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The latter was a nineteenth century Polish nun and the co-foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Saturday 15 June, Italy will see the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Odoardo Focherini.  He was an Italian businessman and intellectual who, during the Second World War, helped hide Jews.  He was caught and sent to Hersbruck concentration camp.  He is being beatified as a martyr.

Sunday 9 June, the repose in 1959 in Illinois of Sister Mary Mediatrix, born Frances Hennessey.  She was a nun with the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, though I know little about her other than that she was a reputed mystic connected in some way with Fr Aloysius Ellacuria.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization, though I have read call for one.

Also 9 June, for the Breton, the anniversary of the martyrdom in Paris in 1794 of the Servant of God Francois-Georges Cormaux.  A Breton priest, he was killed by the Revolutionary Tribunal.  His cause, the diocesean portion of which closed in 1924, is included with thirty-seven other martyrs of the same tribunal.

Also 9 June, for the Breton, the anniversary of the death in 1950 of Gabrielle Bossis.  Laywoman and nurse, she is best known as a mystic and for having written a mystical book titled He and I.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Monday 10 June, the repose in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1957 of Richard Guilfoyle.  He was the third Bishop of Altoona, serving from 1936 to 1957.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 10 June, the deaths in Missouri in 2002 of Damien Larson and Philip Shuster, the first a Benedictine brother, the second a Benedictine priest.  For unknown reasons, a man entered the Conception Abbey, killing these men and then himself.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Tuesday 11 June, Wednesday 12 June and Thursday 13 June, I have nothing.

Friday 14 June, the death in 1996 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, of William Loperena.  A Dominican priest and advocate for the poor who worked in both Puerto Rico and the mainland United States, he was killed in one of those “robberies gone bad” that take a surprising number of priests.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 14 June, the repose in 2005 in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, of James Hogan.  The sixth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, serving from 1966 to 1986, he was the first one to retire.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 15 June, the repose in 2002 in Bloomingdale, Ohio, of the Servant of God Gwen Coniker.  A married laywoman, she was foundress of the Apostolate for Family Consecration.  Her cause is still in the diocesean phase.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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