1 to 7 September 2013

The round up for 1 to 7 September 2013.

There will be two beatifications this week.

Monday 2 September, the Venerable Servant of God Antonio Franco will be beatified.  A Bishop in seventeenth century Italy, he is also known as a wonderworker and for his extreme mortifications.  He was declared Venerable just two years ago.

Saturday 7 September, the Venerable Servant of God Maria Bolognesi will be beatified.  A twentieth century Italian laywoman and mystic, she experienced great sufferings in her life, even including demonic possessions.  She died in 1980 and was proclaimed Venerable last year.

Sunday 1 September, in 1983 in Honduras, the memory of the death of James Carney.  A Jesuit priest from Chicago, he was a writer and quite a character.  The exact date of his death is unknown, as are the circumstances.  He was functioning as chaplain for a revolutionary army in Honduras.  He opposed the leader of the group at times, and finally separated from the unit when he was prohibited from saying Mass.  The details get murky after this; he either got lost in the jungle and died, or he was found by the Honduran army, tortured and thrown from a helicopter.  No one will likely ever know for sure.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 2 September, the memorial of the Blessed Martyrs of September, the collective feast of hundreds of Catholics, mostly priests, slaughtered by the Revolutionary forces in and around Paris in 1792.  The September Massacres, in general, refer to a great deal of savage bloodletting that occurred in the first few days of this month, but the murders of the priests were particularly barbaric as they were already prisoners, being held in cells and on prison ships, for no other crime than refusing to apostasize into the schismatic state church.  While the martyrs hailed from all around the Francophone world, these are the names of the Bretons:  Joseph Becavin, secular priest; Louis-Laurent Gaultier, secular priest; Claude-Antoine-Raoul Laporte, Jesuit priest; Mathurin-Nicolas de la Villecrohain le Bous de Villeneuve, Jesuit priest; Charles-Francois le Gue, Jesuit priest; Vincent-Joseph le Rousseau de Rosencoat, Jesuit priest; Henri-August Luzeau de la Mulonniere, Sulpician priest; Rene-Julien Massey, Benedictine priest; Francois-Hyacinthe le Livec de Tresurin, Jesuit priest; Rene-Marie Andrieux, Jesuit priest; Jean-Charles-Marie Bernard de Cornillet, priest of the Canons Regular of Saint Victor; Yves-Andre Guillon de Keranrun, secular priest; Yves-Jean-Pierre Rey de Kervisic, secular priest; Rene-Joseph Urvoy, secular priest; Nicolas-Marie Verron, Jesuit priest.  They were beatified in 1926.

Also 2 September, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1820 in Lambesc of Pauline-Louise Pinczon du Sel.  Born in Rennes, she was a sister first with the Augustinians, then with the Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova.  In the Revolution, the order was dispersed.  After the Revolution, she helped establish a house for a new order, the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace.  This was reunited in the eighties with another successor branch of the Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova.  She may have been declared Venerable by Pope Leo in 1891; I’m not certain, nor do I have any information on later actions.

Tuesday 3 September, in 1942 on the Solomon Islands, the martyrdom of Arthur Duhamel.  A Marist priest from Massachusetts, he was working in the Solomon Islands when the Japanese took the island chain.  He was bayoneted to death on the beach, alongside a Dutch priest and two French nuns, before the Japanese soldiers destroyed and trampled the mission church.  After the Japanese soldiers moved on, Christian islanders who had been encouraged by the priests to flee into the hills returned to bury the religious and — to the wonder of the Americans who later liberated the island — to reclaim what they could of the church to build a new, hidden chapel, dedicated to S Michael, thatched and housing the large tabernacle dragged from the beach.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 3 September, of interest to the Breton, the death in 1991 in Cameroon of Yves-Joseph-Marie Plumey.  Born in Vannes, he was an Archbishop, the first Bishop sent to Cameroon, and a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Seven years after he resigned as Bishop, forty-five after he came to Cameroon, he was found tied to his bed with strips of his bedroom curtains and murdered with a machete, amazingly in yet another “robbery gone bad.”  The story goes, as the president of the country had visited him three days before, the driver and cook at the retirement home probably thought he had money hidden somewhere.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 4 September, the feast of Bl Marie of Saint Cecilia of Rome, born Dina Belanger.  A nun with the Religious of Jesus and Mary, she is properly a Canadian beata.  She was born and died in Quebec and lived her life as a religious there.  She did spend 1916 to 1918, however, in New York, studying.  A musician and a mystic, she died in 1929 at thirty-three.  She was beatified in 1993.

Also 4 September, in Vietnam in 1967, the death of the Servant of God Vincent Capodanno.  From Staten Island, he was a Maryknoll priest and served as a missionary among the aboriginal peoples of southeast Asia before becoming a chaplain with the military.  It was while ministering in that role that, during the Vietnam War, he was killed on the battlefield while administering Last Rites to fallen comrades.  He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for that incident.  His cause was opened in 2007, though not as a martyr.  It is still in the diocesan phase.

Thursday 5 September, Friday 6 September and Saturday 7 September, I have nothing.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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