30 June to 6 July 2013

The round up for 30 June to 6 July 2013.

There are no beatifications expected this week.

Sunday 30 June, in New York in 1853, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Pierre Toussaint.  Born in Haiti and brought a slave to America, he would gain his freedom, learn a trade, and become a major philanthropist in the small Catholic community of nineteenth century New York.  He was declared Venerable in 1996 and Rome has met on the medical merits of a beatification miracle, though I don’t know what their ruling was.

Monday 1 July, the memorial in the United States of the Blessed Junipero Serra.  (Outside the United States they have it on the date of his death, 28 August.)  A Spanish Franciscan priest, he  established many of the missions along the California coast.  He was beatified in 1988.

Tuesday 2 July, among the Orthodox, the feast of S Juvenaly of Alaska, protomartyr of America.  He was one of the first missionaries to Alaska.

Also 2 July, among the Orthodox, the anniversary of the death of S John Maximovich of Shanghai and San Francisco, called the Wonderworker.  A Bishop, he shepherded the Orthodox Church outside of Russia when the Bolsheviks took power.  Liturgically, his feast is celebrated on the closest Saturday, this year being 29 June.

Wednesday 3 June, in 1959 in Gulu, Uganda, the repose of the Servant of God Norbert.  Born John McAuliffe in New York, he was a religious with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.  During his twenty years in Uganda he helped found the first mission following the nineteenth century suppression of Christianity.  His cause was opened in the mid-nineties and is in Rome.

Also 3 July, the memory of the martyrdom in 1697 in Virginia of Alexander Plunkett.  (The exact day of his death, and even the exact location, is unknown.)  An Irish Capuchin priest, he ran afoul of the anti-Catholic laws in the colonies, and was exiled to what was believed to be an island, where he died.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 4 July, the anniversary of the martyrdom in 1872 in San Francisco of Francis of Bassost.  A Spanish Capuchin, he served primarily in Guatemala.  The Gannon martyrology says:  “In 1872 the revolutionary government of Guatemala, in the person of the infidel Governor Barrios, issued a decree of expulsion against all religious communities.  Among the victims were Father Francis of Bassost and thirty-eight other Capuchins.  In June of that year, with but one hour’s preparation, and ‘amid a hostile display of bitterness and animosity,’ they were transported from Antigua to Champerico on the coast, a distance of two hundred miles.  After enduring many hardships, they arrived at the coast on June 16 and were placed on board a ship bound for San Francisco, California.  On July 1, they reached this city, and three days later Father Francis of Bassost died from the effects of the harsh treatment inflicted upon him during the expulsion.  Though his death was the result of banishment from Guatemala, he may be regarded as a martyr of the United States inasmuch as he died in San Francisco.”  And, I would say, inasmuch as he was a refugee in our land seeking religious freedom, thus with the most appropriate feast day.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 5 July, the repose in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1868 of the Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina.  A layman, he is respected by religious and secular Puerto Ricans alike as the father of education on the island, having personally established a free school, regardless of race or social position.  Among Catholics he is revered too for his personal holiness.  His cause was opened ten years ago, and it is already moving through Rome.

Also 5 July, the martyrdom in Texas in 1749 of Francisco Xavier Silva.  A Franciscan priest, he was on a mission to resupply a mission when he and his companions were set upon by Apaches.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 July, the repose in 1796 of Daniel Carroll.  A member of the famous Carroll family of Maryland, he was one of the few Catholics (two, I believe) to sign the Constitution.  He also signed the Articles of Confederation.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 July, the repose in 1896 of Adele Brise.  Born in Belgium, as a girl in Wisconsin she was the visionary of Our Lady of Good Help, the only Marian apparition to my knowledge which has canonical approval (at the diocesean level; Rome has said nothing specific) north of the Rio Grande.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Saturday 6 July, I have nothing.

Bl Junipero Serra, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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