The round up for 22 to 28 September 2013.
Saturday 28 September will see the beatification of the Servant of God Miroslav Bulesic. A Croatian priest who survived occupation by the Germans, the Italians and the partisans, he was opposed by the Bolsheviks. Unable to stop his ministry, in August of 1947 his rectory was attacked and he was stabbed in the throat. He is being beatified as a martyr.
Sunday 22 September, of interest to the Breton (though they may not even know it), the memorial of the martyrdom of Bl Vincente Cabanes Badenas and his nineteen companions. Among them was a laywoman — the only layperson — by the name of Carmen Marie Anne Garcia Moyon. Born in Nantes, she had tested a vocation when younger after she and her family returned to her father’s native Spain, but ultimately remained a layperson. She served as a housekeeper for the Capuchin Tertiary Fathers and Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows in Valencia. She was the last of the twenty martyrs of this order during the Spanish Civil War, dying in January of 1937. She was beatified in 2001 along with 232 other martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, a number which will actually be exceeded by next month’s mass beatification.
Monday 23 September, in 1998, the repose of Ruth Pakaluk. A convert and mother, and activist in the culture wars of the eighties and nineties, her cause is being probed. Due to the mass of her writings and the political situation, this cause will likely take a while.
Tuesday 24 September, among the Orthodox, the Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska. Specifically, they recognize Ss Peter the Aleut, Juvenal of Alaska, Herman of Alaska, Innocent of Alaska and Jacob Netsvetov. For S Peter the Aleut, I think this is his only feast; the others are also honored at other times in the year.
Wednesday 25 September, in Indiana in 1956, the first apparition of Our Lady of America to Sister Mary Mildred Neuzil. These apparitions would continue for some years. Their canonical status is somewhat confusing. Some but not all of the apparitions were approved in some sense by the priest — later Bishop — who advised Sr Mary Mildred, and they have never been condemned, but they have not been officially accepted, either. Devotion to Our Lady under the title Our Lady of America continues.
Thursday 26 September, I have nothing.
Friday 27 September, in 1539 in San Juan, the repose of Alonso Manso. Originally from Spain, he was the first Bishop in the New World, as Bishop of Puerto Rico. (His diocese also included the U.S. Virgin Islands.) Thus, while not presiding over any of the continental United States, he was the first Bishop to oversee American territory. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 28 September, I have nothing.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.