6 to 12 October 2013

The round up for 6 to 12 October 2013.

Saturday 12 October will see the beatification of 522 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, representing the cases that have been declared martyrs since the last mass beatification on 28 October 2007.

Sunday 6 October, the memorial of Bl Diego de San Vitores.  (I am not sure why his memorial is on the date of his beatification rather than the date of his martyrdom.)  As he was martyred on Guam, I consider him an American beatus.  A Jesuit priest from Spain, he was martyred on Guam alongside S Pedro Calungsod.  They were beatified together in 1985, but S Pedro has since been canonized.

Also 6 October, in 1983 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God Terence Cooke, the only American Cardinal on the path to canonization.  A controversial churchman, his cause reached Rome in 2010.

Also 6 October, in 1991 in California, the repose of the Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos.  A member of the Augustinian Recollects, he was a very popular Bishop in the American southwest, known especially for his ministry to the Hispanic people.  His cause moved with remarkable speed, opening in 2005 and closing in 2008.

Also 6 October, in 1566 on Amelia Island, Florida, the death of Pedro Martinez.  A Jesuit priest from Spain, he was attempting to minister to the native peoples who, he had no way of knowing, had had their minds poisoned against the Church by Huguenots.  He is the Jesuit protomartyr of America, but I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 6 October, among the Orthodox, the commemoration of the glorification in 1977 of S Innocent of Alaska and Moscow.

Monday 7 October, in 1672 in New Mexico, the death of Pedro Avila y Ayala.  A Franciscan priest, he was stoned by Navajos during a raid on the Hopis whom he served.  He was likely caught up in a war between the native peoples and not killed explicitly because of the Faith; I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 7 October, in 1999 in Decatur, New York, the repose of Bruce Ritter.  A Franciscan priest and the founder of Covenant House, scandals in that organization mean he will likely never be promoted for canonization.

Tuesday 8 October, I have nothing.

Wednesday 9 October, the anniversary of the vision in 1859 of Our Lady of Good Help to Adele Brise, the only American apparition so far accepted by the Church.  This was actually the second time she had seen Our Lady, but this was the first time the vision spoke and identified herself, as the Queen of Heaven.

Also 9 October, in 1974 in Rome, the repose of the Servant of God Theodore of Mary Immaculate.  A Passionist priest from Massachusetts, he is known for his personal piety and for leading his order during the difficult times immediately after Vatican II.  His cause is still in the diocesan phase.

Also 9 October, in 1955, the repose of Mary Joseph.  A sister, she cofounded (along with the Servant of God Walsh) the Foreign Mission Sisters of Saint Dominic, better known as the Maryknoll Sisters, the female order associated with the more well known Maryknoll Fathers.  She was known and respected during her life and remains so today; to be honest I don’t know why the two founders of the Maryknoll Fathers are on the road to canonization while she has been left behind.

Also 9 October, among the Orthodox, the anniversary of the glorification of S Tikhon of Moscow.

10 October, in 1850 in Veracruz, Mexico, the repose of Jon Riley.  An Irishman, he deserted from the American military and went on to lead the Saint Patrick’s Brigade against the United States during the Mexican American War.  At his trial he would say he had deserted because of the racism and anti-Catholic bigotry he faced in the ranks, and as he had deserted before the war began he was not among those executed by the occupation forces.  He finished his years in Mexico and I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 10 October, in 1885 in New York, the repose of John McCloskey.  A native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, he was the first American to be created cardinal.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 11 October, I have nothing.

Saturday 12 October, in 1812 in Santa Cruz, the death of Andres Quintana.  A Franciscan priest from Spain, he was tortured and murdered by a conspiracy of Native Americans.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 12 October, in 1864 in Washington, D.C, the repose of Roger Taney.  A native of Maryland, he was the first Catholic to sit on the United States Supreme Court; after him it would be decades before there would be another, despite the character of the Court today.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Our Lady of Good Help, ora pro nobis.

Bl Diego de San Vitores, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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