The round up for 18 to 24 August 2013. There are no beatifications planned for this week.
Sunday 18 August, in Evansville, Indiana, in 1905, the repose of the Servant of God Mary Magdalene of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Born Anna Bentivoglio in Rome, of an aristocratic Italian family, she always had a leaning toward the life of piety. She joined the Poor Clares and, in 1875, was sent to establish the Poor Clares in America. They had a horrible time of it initially, but through persevering, the order was eventually established on these shores. Her cause has been open since 1969.
Monday 19 August, I have nothing.
Tuesday 20 August, in Parma, Italy, in 1980, the repose of the Servant of God Celestina Bottego. Born in Ohio, she lived in America until she was a teenager, when the death of her uncle, the African explorer, led her family to relocate back to Italy. In early life she was involved with Catholic Action and, during World War II, with aid to people in difficulty. Around the end of the War, she founded the Xaverian Missionary Society of Mary. Her cause has been open since 1994.
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August I have nothing.
Friday 23 August, in 1724 in Maine, the martyrdom of Sebastian Rale. A French Jesuit priest, he was martyred with a force of Puritans and their allies attacked the Native American village where Fr Sebastian lived, after the Native Americans refused the Puritan demand they leave the Catholic faith. He is called Protomartyr of Maine, though there was a brother who had been killed earlier, because Fr Sebastian was clearly martyred due to hatred for Catholicism. I am aware of no cause for his canonization.
Also 23 August, in 2000 in Kenya, the martyrdom of Anthony Kaiser. A priest from Minnesota with the Mill Hall Missionaries, he was killed in a robbery gone bad when a group of bandits raided the school where he was serving. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 24 August, I have nothing.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.