23 to 29 June 2013

The round up for 23 to 29 June 2013.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 23 June and Monday 24 June, I have nothing.

Tuesday 25 June, in 1975 in Honduras, the martyrdom of Casimir, born in Wisconsin as Michael Jerome Cypher.  A Franciscan priest, he was the first American citizen martyred for the Faith in Latin America, in the twentieth century at least.  He was a missionary who served among the people of Honduras during a time when class strife between the landlords and the peasants was heating up.  He is believed to have been martyred by representatives of the landlords who blamed all foreign priests for being too close to the workers.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 26 June, of note both to the Breton and the Americans, the repose in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1839 of the Servant of God Simon Brute.  From Rennes, he lived through the terror of the French Revolution.  He studied medicine but was called to the priesthood, and specifically to the missions.  He taught in Maryland before being sent to be the first Bishop of Vincennes, now Indianapolis, a massive undertaking at the time.  His connections in France enabled him to help get financing and people to build the diocese, including — though he did not live to see her arrive — his fellow Breton, S Mother Theodora.  His cause was opened in 2005 but is still in fairly early stages.

Also 26 June, the martyrdom of Luis Cancer and companions, protomartyrs of Florida.  In 1549, in the course of his missionary journey, which he insisted was to be peaceful and not accompanied by Spanish troops, this Dominican priest was beaten to death in the surf, joining in glory his two companions — Fr Diego de Tolosa and Br Fuentes, also Dominicans — who had been ambushed and martyred probably a day or so before.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 26 June, for the Breton, the martyrdom of the Blessed Martyrs of the Daughters of Charity in Arras in 1794, among whom was the Breton Therese-Madeleine Fantou.  She was martyred by the French Revolution along with three other sisters of that order:  Marie-Madeline Fontaine, Marie-Francoise Lanel and Jeanne Gerard.  They were beatified in 1920 along with eleven Ursulines martyred that October in nearby Valenciennes.

Thursday 27 June, in 1942 aboard the Montevideo Maru, the death of James Gerard Hennessey.  A priest from Massachusetts, he was serving as chaplain with the American servicemen in the Pacific and died when the prison transport trip he was on while he was a prisoner of the Japanese was sunk.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 27 June, in 1844, the lynching of Joseph Smith and his brother.  While not Catholics, their murder was a moment in American religious history we should all take pause and note.

Friday 28 June, in 1633 in Arizona, the martyrdom of Francisco Porras.  A Franciscan priest, he was missioning to the Hopi when his food was poisoned, it is believed by local religious leaders who were jealous of the new religion’s success.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 June, for the Breton, the martyrdom in 1944 in Paris of the Finistere-born Franciscan priest Corentin Cloarec.  He was involved with the French Resistance.  When the Occupation became aware of his complicity, two members of the Abwehr were sent to kill him.  When he arrived home to his monastery, he was shot, badly wounded, and left on the floor.  The French police arrived promptly, but the Occupation forces would not allow them to enter to save him.  After the Liberation, a street was named in his honor.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 29 June, I have nothing.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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