20 to 26 October 2013

The round up for 20 to 26 October.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.  Of note:  With the mass beatification of Spanish martyrs last week, there are no more awaiting beatifications decreed by Pope Benedict.  (Though, of course, the first few of Francis’s reign were mostly done under Benedict.)

Sunday 20 October, in Bolivia in 1975, the repose of Raymond Herman.  A priest from Iowa, he was a Maryknoll associate, not a priest of the Maryknoll order but a secular priest associated with their missionary activities.  The seventies were a difficult time for priests in Latin America, particularly missionary priests.  He was killed in his rectory on the evening of the day he had just blessed the opening of a new hospital — a repurposed government-owned hotel.  No one knows for sure why he was killed, and there is no open cause for his canonization.

Also Sunday 20 October, in Liberia in 1992, the deaths of Barbara Ann Muttra and Mary Joel Kolmer.  Sisters with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, both originally from Illinois, they were two of the five American nuns serving in a medical and educational capacity in Liberia martyred during that country’s civil war.  There is no open cause for their canonization.

Monday 21 October, the feast of Bl Charles of Austria.  The last Holy Roman Emperor, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, he was exiled after the First World War but never ceased his efforts for peace.  He is renowned for his personal piety and is a very rare case of a modern political leader on the road to sainthood.  He was beatified in 2004.

Tuesday 22 October, in 1920 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the repose of Eugene Garvey.  He was the first Bishop of Altoona, created in 1901 by Pope Leo.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 22 October, of interest to the Orthodox, the approximate date of the repose of S Seraphim of Uglich.  He was a missionary in America during roughly 1902 and 1908, when he returned to his native Russia due to health reasons.  While he was in America he was ordained a priest.  Back in Russia he became a Bishop and Archbishop.  When the Bolsheviks imprisoned Patriarch Sergius, Seraphim served as he representative.  The Bolsheviks tried to get him to set up a new Synod but he refused, and when Sergius was released and set up a Soviet-friendly Synod, Seraphim helped lead the resistance.  He was in his turn imprisoned.  I am not sure whether he was officially glorified or if he is recognized locally.

Wednesday 23 October, in 1992 in Liberia, the deaths of Shirley Kolmer, Anne Mueller and Kathleen Maguire.  From Illinois, these three were also sisters with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ killed during the Liberian civil war.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Thursday 24 October, in 2009 in Chathan, New Jersey, the repose of Ed Hinds.  A secular priest, he was killed by the janitor in his parish, presumably in a robbery gone bad.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 24 October, of interest to the Breton, the repose in Vannes in 1671 of Armelle Nicolas.  She was a mystic, not officially canonized but known informally to the people as Saint Armelle.

Friday 25 October, in 1690 in Onondaga, New York, the martyrdom of Stephen Tegananokoa.  A layman and a Native American from the same region as S Kateri, he was brutally murdered by Iroquois primarily for his conversion to the Catholic faith.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 26 October, the repose of Antoine III, the fifth sovereign of Araucania and Patagonia.  I don’t know much about him, but he was the father of the current king.

Sunday 27 October, I have nothing.

All the saints, ora pro nobis.

All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.

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