21 to 27 July 2013

The round up for the week of 21 to 27 July 2013.

There are no beatifications planned for this week.

Sunday 21 July, I have nothing.

Monday 22 July, the memorial of the Bl Maria Ines Teresa of the Blessed Sacrament.  A Mexican nun, foundress of the Poor Clare Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and the Missionaries of Christ for the Universal Church, she is, properly speaking, a Mexican saint.  She did spend the years between 1926 and 1931 in Los Angeles, though, as a refugee from the oppressive anti-Catholicism then rampant in Mexico.  It was here in America that she took her vows.  Pope Benedict beatified her last year.

Also 22 July, the repose in 1814 in Philadelphia of the first Bishop of Philadelphia, the Franciscan priest Michael Francis Egan.  Born in Ireland, he came to America in 1802 and was Bishop of Philadelphia in 1810.  He is best known for his conflict with the lay-led board of trustees of the Philadelphia cathedral, a complicated and unfortunate incident which had wide reverberations.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 23 July, I have nothing.

Wednesday 24 July, of interest to the Breton, the martyrdom in 1944 in La Brosse-Montceaux of Joachim Nio.  He was with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in that city.  In 1944, believing them to be hiding weapons for the Resistance, the Gestapo invaded the monastery and tortured the Oblates.  When all refused to talk, the Gestapo had five of them martyred; Joachim Nio and four French Oblates.  Their bodies were dumped in a well.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 24 July, of interest to certain schismatic Orthodox, the repose in 1966 of Bishop Aftimios Ofiesh of the American Orthodox Catholic Church.  A colorful character, but not likely to be glorified by any mainstream Orthodox body anytime soon.

Thursday 25 July, I have nothing.

Friday 26 July, in 1731 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, the memory of the martyrdom of Domingo de Saraoz.  (The exact date is uncertain.)  He was a Franciscan priest, pastor of a significant mission, thought to have alienated himself from his flock by his criticism of their lifestyles.  He is believed to have been poisoned.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 26 July, the feast of S Anne, mother of His Mother, grandmother of Jesus, known also as grandmother of the Breton.  She it was who appeared to Yves Nicolazic, and her veneration has been particularly close to the Breton people from time immemorial.

Also 26 July, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Jacob of Alaska, missionary to the native peoples.

Saturday 27 July, the repose in Manhattan in 1999 of Malachi Martin.  Former Jesuit from Ireland, though always a priest, he is best known for his writings and particularly liked by the more conservative end of the Catholic spectrum.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 27 July, of interest to the Orthodox, the glorification of S Herman of Alaska, one of the first missionaries to Alaska.  Of note, this glorification occurred simultaneously by both the ROCOR and the OCA, though in different places as relations between them were still strained.  I believe he was the first American Orthodox saint.  I’ve also heard, though I don’t know, this is his main feast in Russia.

S Anne, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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