3 to 9 November 2013

The round up for 3 to 9 November.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 3 November, of primary interest to Peru, the feast of S Martin de Porres.

Monday 4 November, in 1775 near San Diego, California, the martyrdom of Fray Luis.  A Franciscan priest from Spain, he and two Spanish workmen were martyred by Native Americans at the instigation of the local religious leaders.  He is the protomartyr of California, but I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 4 November, in 1834 in Saint Augustine, Texas, the martyrdom of Antonio Diaz de Leon.  Another Franciscan priest, he had been in charge of the missions when the Mexican state seized them and expelled the Spanish clergy.  He returned to Mexico with the other Mexican clergy to regroup, but was asked to minister to the scattered Catholics still in Texas.  He had some success, including baptizing Sam Houston.  (Houston was Catholic from 1833 to 1854, when he was rebaptized a Baptist.)  A couple of years later, however, he was killed, believed to have been by an anti-Catholic bigot, one of those who were coming across the northern border.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 4 November, of primary interest to the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Francoise d’Amboise.  She lived a full life:  Wife, widow, Duchess of Brittany, Carmelite nun.  She married the boy who would be Duke Pierre II from 1450 to his death in 1457.  In part to escape the intentions of the king to marry her himself, she co-founded the first Carmelite convent in France, becoming a nun herself in 1468.  Her cult was confirmed in 1863.

Also 4 November, of interest to the Breton, the repose of Catherine Danielou.  A seventeenth century mystic from Quimper, she is known as one of several such Breton mystics of the time,  She was a stigmatist and given to ecstasies and visions.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Tuesday 5 November, of interest to the Breton, in Papua New Guinea in 1953 the repose of the Servant of God Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu.  Born in Saint-Malo, a priest with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, he was the second Vicar Apostolic (more or less Bishop) of Papua New Guinea.  He served the peoples of that land from the age of 28 to his death at 83.  He also founded a movement, the Handmaids of Our Lord.  He is remembered for his personal holiness and as the defender of the Papauans.  His cause was opened in 1984 and got to Rome in 1996, where it is still.

Also 5 November, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of the election of S Tikhon of Moscow to the Patriarchate of Moscow.  He had previously been a missionary in America.

Wednesday 6 November, of interest primarily in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jerome le Royer de la Dauversiene.

Thursday 7 November, Friday 8 November and Saturday 9 November, I have nothing.

S Martin de Porres, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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