8 to 14 September

The round up for 8 to 14 September 2013.

Saturday 14 September will have the beatification of Jose Gabriel Brochero, called the Gaucho Priest.  He was a nineteenth century priest in Argentina known for his constant work and travels over hundreds of miles.

Sunday 8 September, I have nothing.

Monday 9 September, of interest to the Breton, in 1944 in Finistere, the death of Robert Ricard and Jean Colle.  The first a Jesuit priest from Paris and the second a Breton layman.  They died working with the Red Cross during the Catastrophe of 9 September in the Abri Sadi Carnot, the air raid shelter the Germans had, in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, used to hold munitions among the refugees.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonizations.

Tuesday 10 September, in 1581 in New Mexico, the death of Juan de Santa Maria.  A Franciscan priest, he was ambushed and killed while travelling to Mexico to seek more missionaries for New Mexico.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 10 September, in Mexico in 1847, the executions of many of the San Patricio Battalion.  These men, mostly Irish and mostly Catholic, were deserters from the American military, which they found hostile to their race and religion.  The San Patricio Battalion fought alongside the Mexican army during the Mexican-American War, and for that reason were considered by the American Occupation to be traitors.  About fifty were executed over two days, on 10 and 13 September.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Wednesday 11 September, in Belleville, Illinois, in 1985, the death of the Servant of God John Maronic.  Originally from Minnesota, he was a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and founded the Victorious Missionaries, an order devoted to serving the disabled and chronically ill.  His cause is in the early stages.

Also 11 September, in 2001 in New York, the death of Mychal Judge.  A Franciscan priest, he is famous for being the first recorded death in the attack on the Twin Towers, having been killed by rubble falling near the command post where he was helping coordinate rescue efforts.  Not only a priest, he was also unofficial chaplain for the Fire Department.  Though I am not aware of a formal cause for his canonization, he was canonized by popular acclaim in some circles almost immediately after his death.

Also 11 September, in Mississippi in 1702, the death of Nicholas Foucault.  A priest, perhaps secular and perhaps with the Quebec Seminary, he was ambushed on his way to serve in Arkansas and is known as the protomartyr of Mississippi.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 11 September, also in 2001, the death of Francis Grogan.  A priest with the Congregation of the Sacred Cross, he was on the plane that hit the South Tower.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 12 September, in 1919 in Hong Kong, the death of the Servant of God Thomas Frederick Price.  From North Carolina, he was one of the cofounders of the Maryknoll Missionaries.  His cause was officially opened last year.

Friday 13 September, in Georgia in 1597, the deaths of the Servants of God Pedro de Corpa, Blas de Rodriguez, Miguel de Anon, Antonio de Badajoz, and Francisco de Berascola, known collectively as the Martyrs of Georgia (as well as the protomartyrs of Georgia).  These Franciscans — all but Antonio were priests — were among the first missionaries in what would become the thirteen colonies, arriving a generation before the Mayflower.  They were having a fair amount of success in their mission until they ran afoul of one of the local tribal leaders who, under apparent pressure from his tribe, insisted on returning to the practice of polygamy and martyring the fathers for objecting.  Their cause was officially sent to Rome in 2010.

Saturday 14 September, in 1597 in Florida, the death of Juan de Silva.  A Franciscan, he was ambushed and killed by one of the local tribes near St Augustine.  I am not aware of a case for his canonization.

Also 14 September, in Rennes in 1636, the death of the Servant of God Jean of Saint Samson.  Born Jean du Moulin (in Sens-de-Bretagne rather than the Sens in Yonne), he was a Carmelite, a reformer, a mystic and a great writer.  His cause was officially opened in 2002.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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2 Responses to 8 to 14 September

  1. j. m. Kelley says:

    Actually, Fr. Mychal Judge was the OFFICIAL Catholic chaplain of the NY Fire Dept.

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