4 to 10 August 2013

The round up for 4 to 10 August 2013.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 4 August and Monday 5 August, I have nothing.

Tuesday 6 August, the repose in Mexico City in 1726 of the Venerable Servant of God Antonio of Jesus, known as Antonio Margil.  A Franciscan priest, he is known for his missionary work through Mexico and Central America.  He also ministered in what is now Texas and Louisiana.  Declared Venerable in 1836, his cause has not progressed a lot since.

Wednesday 7 August, in 2004 in New Jersey, the repose of the Servant of God Maria Esperanza de Bianchini.  She is most associated with Venezuela, having just spent the end of her life in America.  She is a Marian visionary, and her visions seem to have had some degree of official recognition in Venezuela.  Her cause was started virtually as soon as canonically legal, but so far as I know is still in very early stages.

Also 7 August, in 1962 in Bolivia, the martyrdom of William Carl Kruegler.  A Maryknoll priest from New York, he was shot by a bar owner whose animosity he had earned by trying to deter him from providing alcohol to the children of the town.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 7 August, the memorial of Blessed Cassien de Nantes.  With Bl Agathange Noury de Vendome, this Capuchin was martyred in Gondor, Ethiopia, in 1638, one of the earliest missionaries in that country following the long period of isolation.  S Pius X beatified them in 1905.

Also 7 August, the repose of Hervaeus Natalis.  So far as I know, this priest was the only Breton ever to hold the position of Master of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans.  (He was the fourteenth.)  He was respected as a scholar in his own right, as well as one of the people who most pressed for the canonization of S Thomas Aquinas.  I am not aware of a cause for the canonization of Hervaeus, however.

Also 7 August, in Russia, the feast of S Alexander Hotovitzky and companions.  (His main feast is 4 December.)  He was active in the United States between the late nineteenth century and 1914, but he met his death as martyr to the Bolsheviks in 1937.

Thursday 8 August, I have nothing.

Friday 9 August, in Alabama in 1718, the martyrdom of Jean Daniel Testu.  A priest with the Seminary of Quebec, acting within the French Empire, he was martyred on his way to Mobile, though I can’t immediately find information on why or by whom.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 9 August, in 2012, the repose of Ralph Beiting.  This priest founded the Christian Appalachian Project, ministering to the poor in southern Appalachia.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, but none could be opened for four more years anyway.

Saturday 10 August, in New Mexico in 1680, the martyrdom of Juan Bernal and his Twenty-Six Companions, the Martyrs of the First Pueblo Revolt.  This was also the largest of the Pueblo revolts, spread across a number of pueblos and lasting from 9 to 12 August.  It was quickly put down, however.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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