The round up for 25 to 31 August 2013.
This week, there will be be a beatification. The Venerable Servant of God Vladimir Ghika will be raised to the altars on Saturday. Born in the late nineteenth century in what is now Constantinople into a noble family, he was raised Romanian Orthodox. During his university studies in Rome, in 1902, he joined the Church, served the poor, and in 1923 became a priest. He was sent by the pope to serve in Romania, where he refused to leave the poor and the sick, not during the Second World War, the Allied bombings, nor the Soviet takeover. He refused to join the schismatic church set up by the Soviets, was arrested and essentially beaten to death. He died 16 May 1954 and is being venerated as a martyr.
Sunday 25 August, I have nothing.
Monday 26 August, in 1811 in Philadelphia, the anniversary of the repose of Thomas Fitzsimons. Born in Ireland, he was one of the two Catholic signers of the Constitution. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Tuesday 27 August, in 1957 in Trapani, Italy, the repose of the Servant of God Teresa Fardella Blasi. Born in New York, her family returned to Italy when she was two. Widow and mother, in later years she established a foundation of nuns known as the Poor Daughters of the Crowned Virgin, or Povere Figlie di Maria Santissima Incoronata, who still exist, but apparently only in Italy. Her cause got to Rome in 2010.
Also 27 August, in 2010 in Lima, Peru, the death of Linan Ruiz Morales. He was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, becoming a Franciscan priest and, in 1978, arriving in Peru, especially to serve the youth. He and an assistant were found stabbed and hacked to death in the church, near the soup kitchen and the rectory’s open safe, in one of the omnipresent “robberies gone bad.” I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, though, of course, there could not be one opened for two more years in any case.
Wednesday 28 August, I have nothing.
Thursday 29 August, the feast of S Marie of the Cross, better known as Jeanne Jurgan. A Breton woman, her story is striking in it’s simplicity. In a time of economic hardship, she came across an elderly homeless woman. Jeanne lifted the woman onto her back and carried her home. In time, she would establish a congregation — the Little Sisters of the Poor — who essentially serve the same purpose today. She died in 1879 and was canonized by Pope Benedict in 2009.
Friday 30 August, I have nothing.
Saturday 31 August, in 1864 in Jonesboro, Georgia, the repose of Emmeran Bliemal. Bavarian, a Benedictine priest, he was the first American Catholic Chaplain killed in battle, as he served the wounded on the battlefield. He was serving in a Union state but asked by a Confederate unit to travel with them as his chaplain. He was beheaded by a cannonball as he gave last rites to his commanding officer. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 31 August, I have nothing.
S Marie of the Cross, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.