10 to 16 November 2013

The round up for 10 to 16 November.

10 November will see the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Teresia Bonzel.  A German nun, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, she actually has an American connection.  The first house of her order was founded in Indiana in 1876 and when she died, some 29 years later, she left behind 73 houses in Germany and 49 in North America.

Sunday 10 November, in 1661 somewhere west of the Illinois River, the death of Jean Dequerre.  A Jesuit priest, he was killed by Native Americans as he traveled in the west.  The circumstances of his death are unclear, and I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 11 November and Tuesday 12 November I have nothing.

Wednesday 13 November, the feast of S Mother Cabrini.  (She died too close to Christmas, so her feast is the date of her beatification.)  An Italian nun who came to America, primarily Chicago, to minister to the Italian-American community, she was the first American woman and the first American citizen to be canonized.  (Indeed, as the only other saints before her were the North American Martyrs, she was the first non-martyr, the first non-Jesuit, the first saint to have been in the United States as a country, etc.)  She was canonized in 1946.

Also 13 November, in 1971 in Bangladesh, the death of the Servant of God William Evans.  A Holy Cross priest from Massachusetts, he was ministering to the people of Bangladesh in the Bengal mission that dates back to the founding of that order.  Though he was killed during the Civil War that led to the separation of East and West Pakistan, his cause is being pursued on his virtues rather than martyrdom.  It is in it’s early stages.

Also 13 November, in 2002 in Chicago, the death of Mary Stachowicz.  A married laywoman, she was killed by a homosexual man following an argument about his lifestyle.  Some, among both the laity and the hierarchy, have taken to referring to her as a martyr, but I am not aware of any canonical steps taken in that direction.

Thursday 14 November, in 1832 in Baltimore, the repose of Charles Carroll.  A member of the famous Carroll family, this one was one of only two Catholics to sign the Declaration of Independence.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 15 November, of interest primarily to the Breton, the feast of Saint Malo.  One of the seven Founders of Brittany, he has an American connection, as before he became a Bishop in Brittany he accompanied S Brendan the Navigator in his voyage to America.  I don’t know if his cult has ever been officially confirmed by Rome, but it is ancient.

Also 15 November, also of interest to the Breton, the memorial of Bl Marie of the Passion.  A native of Nantes, she was the foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.  This order, currently one of the largest in the Church, she founded in India, but they serve in many countries.  She lived to see their protomartyrs during the Boxer Rebellion when seven of the sisters, including two Breton women, were killed.  They have since been canonized among the Sainted Martyrs of China.  Bl Marie was beatified in 2002.

Saturday 16 November, of interest primarily in Columbia and Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Luisa Aveledo y Aveledo.

S Frances Cabrini, ora pro nobis.

S Malo, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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