29 September to 5 October 2013

The round up for 29 September to 5 October 2013.

Saturday 5 October will see the beatification of the Servant of God Rolando Rivi.  A schoolboy, he was tortured and murdered by Communists in postwar Italy because he was studying for the priesthood.  He is being beatified as a martyr.

Sunday 29 September, the martyrdom in 1765 in DePere, Wisconsin, of two Jesuit priests whose very names have been lost to history.  Martyred doing missionary work among the native peoples.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Monday 30 September, in 1613 on Mount Desert Island, Maine, the death of Gilbert du Thet.  A Jesuit brother, he was killed in an invasion by British from Virginia in the mission where he and two priests were ministering to the Native Americans.  It was the first Catholic mission in New England and he should probably be counted as the protomartyr of Maine, except that the circumstances of his death — he may have been helping in the resistance against the invaders — would tend to consider him not truly a martyr.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 30 September, of interest to the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Charles of Blois.  A Duke of Brittany during the war against the English-aligned Montforts, he was also a Third Order Franciscan and renowned for his personal piety.  He was canonized, had his feast suppressed at request of his successor, and later (in 1904) officially beatified.  His feast is observed 12 October in Brittany.

Tuesday 1 October, I have nothing.

Wednesday 2 October, of interest to the Breton, the death in 1709 in Paris of the Servant of God Claude-Francois Poullart des Places.  A priest born in Rennes, he is best known for founding the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, or Spiritans.  Unusually for a centuries old cause, his was opened just recently (officially just in 2005).  The diocesan phase is complete and the cause is in Rome.

Thursday 3 October, the feast of S Mother Theodore, born Anne-Therese Guerin in Brittany in 1798.  She heeded the call of the Servant of God Bp Brute to bring religious women from France to America, though she arrived after his death.  After many struggles, she founded the Sisters of Providence of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.  Pope Benedict canonized her in 2006.

Friday 4 October, in 1944 in New York, the repose of Al Smith.  He was the first Catholic to run for President with a major party; until Kennedy he was the only Catholic to do so.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 5 October, in 1867 in New Orleans, the repose of Bl Francis Xavier Seelos.  A Bavarian Redemptorist priest, he served in many postings around America before his time in New Orleans where he would die in his forties ministering to the victims of an epidemic.  He had a reputation as a wonderworker even during his lifetime but was not beatified until 2000.

Also 5 October, of interest to the Breton, the repose of Yves Olivier.  To be honest I know little about him.  He was a priest from Quimperle who spent almost his whole life ministering to the people of India.  He died in 2009, so even if there will be a cause for his canonization it could not have been opened yet, but the people of his town are proud of his service.

Also 5 October, among the Orthodox, the Synaxis of the Hierarchs of Moscow, the collective feast of all Patriarchs of Moscow.  Of interest to Americans are Ss Innocent and Tikhon, both of whom were missionaries in America before being recalled to serve as Patriarchs of Moscow.

S Theodora, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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