14 to 20 July 2013

The round up for the week of 14 to 20 July 2013.

There are no beatifications planned for this week.

Sunday 14 July, the feast of S Kateri Tekakwitha (in the United States).  Known as the Lilly of the Mohawks, she was a convert against her family’s wishes, born in what is now New York.  She took refuge with the Jesuits in what is now Canada, living a life similar to a nun’s.  Pope Benedict canonized her in 2012 but of interest is that S John Paul beatified her with no documented miracles, partly because there was fair certainty there were valid miracles whose documentation was not up to modern scientific standards due to the economic and cultural disparity between the indigenous people of the Americas and Europe, and partly to honor a people who had yet to have an official saint.  She is patroness, among other things, of ecology.

Also 14 July, the repose in Ireland in 1913 of John B. Bannon.  A Jesuit priest from Ireland, he is best known for his activities for the Confederacy during the War Between the States.  He is said to have carried out a diplomatic effort from President Davis seeking the support of Rome and also to have gone to Ireland to try to dissuade young Irish men from emigrating to a United States that really only wanted them as bullet catchers.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 14 July, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1793 in France of Jacques Cathelineau.  He was the first commander of the Royal and Catholic Army of the Vendee, struggling against the French Republic.  He is of interest to the Breton for political reasons, but also because he received the wounds that would cause his death in Brittany, during the Battle of Nantes.  He was brought back to Anjou but he was mortally wounded and died quickly after.  He is known as the Saint of Anjou for his personal holiness, and a cause was initiated for his canonization.  The records of this cause were lost in a bombing run in 1944 and his cause is now considered in all likelihood beyond proving.

Monday 15 July, the repose in Milwaukee of the Servant of God Mario Hiriart Pulido.  A young layman from Chile, he is an accidental American, having been here during the end of his battle with cancer.  He is best known for his work with the Schonstatt Brothers of Mary, a movement born in Germany and big in Latin America with accidental links to the continental United States.  His cause has been received by Rome but has yet to be ruled on.

Tuesday 16 July, I have nothing.

Wednesday 17 July, the martyrdom in 1781 in the Mission of Ss Peter and Paul, California (I believe near San Diego,) of Juan Marcello Diaz and Jose Matias Moreno.  Franciscan priests from Spain, they were two of the four serving in a mission to the Yuma.  During a Yuma uprising they were beaten to death with clubs, and one was possibly decapitated.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Thursday 18 July, I have nothing.

Friday 19 July, at the Mission of the Immaculate Conception, California, in 1781, the martyrdom of Francisco Hermenegildo Garces and Juan Antonio Barreneche.  Two Franciscan priests, they also were caught up in the Yuma rising which saw two other martyrs on 17 July.  They had taken shelter with some Christian Indians and for two days were able to console the survivors and hear confessions of the dying having been told they would be spared.  On 19 July, the rebels changed their minds and martyred them anyway.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 19 July, of interest to the Breton, the martyrdom in Paris of the Servant of God Victoire de Conen de Saint-Luc.  Of the prestigious Conen de Saint-Luc family, she was born in Rennes and entered the order of the Sisters de la Retraite of Quimper.  She was especially devoted to the Sacred Heart.  The Revolution suppressed her convent when she refused to go into schism and accept the Civil Constitution on the Clergy.  After the Rising in the Vendee, she, her father and her mother were arrested, taken to Paris, and condemned to death as “enemies of the people” for “fanaticism” and for supporting the resistance in the Vendee.  She was martyred before her parents, at her request, saying, “You taught me to live; by God’s Grace I’ll teach you to die.”  The Diocesan phase of her martyrdom and the 37 other martyrs of the Revolutionary Tribunal was completed in 1924.

Saturday 20 July, the memorial of the 64 Blessed Martyrs of Barcelona, secular and religious, martyred during the Spanish Civil War.  Among them were Bb Lluc of Saint Joseph and Eduard of the Child Jesus, both Discalced Carmelite priests.  They are of note because, though they both lived and died in Spain, they were both naturalized American citizens, having spent some time teaching in Arizona.  They were beatified in 2007 and to my knowledge are the only beatified Americans to have died in the Spanish Civil War.

S Kateri, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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