11 to 17 August 2013

The round up for 11 to 17 August.  There are no beatifications planned for this week.

Sunday 11 August, in 1936 in Toledo, Spain, the martyrdom of Angel Baraibar Moreno.  A priest born in Puerto Rico, his parents moved back to Spain not long after his birth.  He was, of course, martyred in the Spanish Revolution.  The records of this time are unclear; he was listed among the Servants of God under consideration for canonization but was recently shifted off that list on the Hagiography Circle page.  I’m not sure why.

Also 11 August, in 1921 in Birmingham, Alabama, the martyrdom of James Coyle.  A priest from Ireland, he was martyred by the Klan for conducting a marriage they considered mixed-race, between a White girl and a boy from Puerto Rico.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 11 August, in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, the martyrdom of Susan Wojciechowski.  She was a nun with the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Sparkill, and I don’t know the details of her death.

Also 11 August, in 1959 in Lafayette, Louisiana, the repose of Charlene Richard.  A twelve year old child, her holy life and calm death in the face of her cancer led to her veneration.  She has been popularly considered a saint in Louisiana for decades, though there is no official cause for her canonization of which I am aware.

Also 11 August, of interest to the Breton, the martyrdom in 1944 in Grenoble of Yves Moreau de Montcheuil.  A Breton-born Jesuit, he was a philosopher in France.  During the war, he served as something of an informal chaplain for the Resistance.  When the camp he was visiting was overrun by Nazis, he chose not to flee with the other able-bodied men and instead stayed with the doctors and wounded.  He and many other prisoners were shot.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 12 August, in 1720 on the Loup River in Nebraska, the martyrdom of Juan Minguez.  A Franciscan priest, his martyrdom is uncertain but presumed.  He was part of a Spanish expedition massacred while exploring the area.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 13 August, I have nothing.

Wednesday 14 August, in 1890 in Thomastown, Connecticut, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney.  A priest, he is best known as the founder of the Knights of Columbus.  He was declared Venerable in 2008.

Also 14 August, in 1926 in Moorhead, Minnesota, the repose of Annella Zervas.  A Benedictine nun, she was renowned for her sanctity and for the way she faced her disease and death at an early age.  I have read her grave was a site of pilgrimage and that there was, at one time, an open cause for her canonization.  I have no reason to doubt that, but if this was the case, it has fallen dormant in recent years.

Thursday 15 August, in 1696 in Florida, the martyrdom of Luis Sanchez.  A Franciscan priest, the exact date of his death is unknown.  He was in charge of a series of missions in Florida and was attacked during a raid by the local natives.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 15 August, in 1661 in Wisconsin, the martyrdom of Rene Menard.  A Jesuit priest, his martyrdom is uncertain.  He disappeared while travelling among the missions.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 15 August, in 1990 in Sri Lanka, the martyrdom of Eugene John Hebert.  A Jesuit priest from Louisiana, his martyrdom also is uncertain; the date of 15 August is actually the date of his disappearance.  The Catholic population of Sri Lanka is not large, and they are often caught between the Hindu and Buddhist factions in a long-running civil war.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August, I have nothing.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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