Th round up for 15 to 21 September 2013.
Saturday 21 September will see raised to the altars the Venerable Servant of God Tommaso Acerbis, in religion Tommaso from Olera. An Italian Capuchin of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he seems most known for his work in the Tyrol. His cause has been open since the mid-sixties.
Sunday 15 September, in 1968 in Germany, the repose of the Servant of God Joseph Kentenich. Properly speaking, he is of German interest. A priest and founder of the Schonstatt movement, he was born, died, and conducted most of his labors in Germany, though his movement is now worldwide. Of interest to me is something he did not do in America. While discerning the spirit of his movement, his superiors sent him into exile in Milwaukee where he was not allowed to lead his movement. This action seems to be somewhat a mystery. It is not clear exactly who ordered his exile, nor is is clear who, some fourteen years later, recalled him to Rome. But he fulfilled his obedience for those fourteen years. His cause was opened decades ago; I don’t know what movement there has been.
Monday 16 September, the repose in 1701 in France of King James II, the last Catholic to sit on the throne of the United Kingdom. He converted to Catholicism during his exile in France, though it was kept secret for years. He reigned for about three years following the Restoration, after which he returned to his French exile. There is, of course, no open cause for his canonization.
Tuesday 17 September, in 1878 in France, the repose of King Orelie-Antoine I, King of Araucania and Patagonia, the first — and to date only — person to actually reign there. He too was deposed and ended his years in exile in France. There is also no cause open for his canonization. I don’t even know if he was Catholic.
Wednesday 18 September, in 1994 in Rochester, Minnesota, the repose of the Servant of God Rossella Petrellese. A young Italian woman, I believe it was only the very end of her life that saw her in America seeking medical treatment; most of the available information on her is in Italian but I believe she is known for personal sanctity and for courage in the face of terminal illness. Her cause was sent to Rome in 2011.
Also 18 September, in Flanders in 1540, the repose of Juan de Witte Hoos. A Dominican priest from Belgium, he was the first Bishop of Baracoa, later Santiago de Cuba, at the time including the Spanish holdings in Louisiana and Florida. He was, thus, the first Bishop of American continental land, I believe. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Thursday 19 September, in 1680 near Seneca, Illinois, the repose of Gabriel de la Ribourde. A Franciscan priest from the Recollect Franciscans, he is protomartyr of Illinois. Working with the Illinois Indians, he was set upon by a band of Kickapoo who had invaded the area, murdered and scalped. The Illinois, recognizing his kind service to them, retrieved the body and buried it in their fashion. The story was only uncovered years later. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Friday 20 September in Chicago in 1918, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mary Dudzik. Originally from Poland, she founded the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to serve primarily the Polish-speaking community in that city. This order continues to this day. She was declared Venerable in 1994 and her beatification miracle, cleared at the diocesan level, is working its way through Rome.
Saturday 21 September, I have nothing.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.