24 to 30 November 2013

The round up for 24 to 30 November 2013.  There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 24 November, I have nothing.

Monday 25 November, in 1542 in New Mexico, the memorial of the death of Juan de la Cruz.  (The exact date is unclear.)  He was a Franciscan priest and assigned a parish by Juan de Padilla during one of the first trips if not the first trip into New Mexico.  He is counted as one of the two protomartyrs of that state, having been killed by the native population in unclear circumstances.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 26 November, in 1844 in Louisiana, the repose of Elizabeth Gallitzin.  Sister of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin, she too was born Orthodox and into Russian nobility.  She grew up strongly Orthodox and was enraged by the conversions occurring in her family.  Nonetheless, as time went on, she too joined the Church, as well as the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in which capacity she traveled much of the United States.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Wednesday 27 November, I have nothing.

Thursday 28 November, near Natchez, Mississippi, in 1729, the death of Paul du Poisson.  A Jesuit priest, he was caught up in an Indian revolt and killed.  He was not supposed to be in the mission at that time, as he was supposed to have traveled on to the next post, but had been delayed ministering to the sick of the mission.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 November, in 1886 in Alaska, the death of Charles John Seghers.  A Bishop from Belgium who had served as Bishop in both Oregon and Alaska, as well as in Canada, he was travelling through Alaska when his guide shot him.  So far as I know, the exact details have never been ascertained.  I think he may have been the only American Bishop to be martyred so far, but I know that those who knew him were struck by his holiness.  I am not aware of a current cause for his canonization.

Also 28 November, in 1974 in Neopit, Wisconsin, the death of Marcellus Cabo.  A Franciscan priest, he was caught up in an Indian revolt, too, an action of the American Indian Movement.  In a standoff gone bad he ended up being stabbed to death, though it is unclear whether the killers had intended that he die when the situation began.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 29 November, in 1980 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God Dorothy Day.  A laywoman, foundress of the Catholic Worker movement, and an icon of the social justice movement, her cause is actively being pursued, still on the diocesan level.

Also 29 November, of interest to the Breton, the repose in Quebec in 1956 of the Servant of God Victor Lelievre.  Born in Brittany, he was a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was associated with workers’ rights actions in Canada.  His cause was sent to Rome in 2006.

Saturday 30 November, in 1544 in Kansas, the death of Juan de Padilla.  The exact date and exact location are unclear, but this Franciscan priest is thought to be the protomartyr of America.  He was not on the first expedition into what is now the American southwest, but he was on what was probably the second.  After the Spanish troops had given up the search for gold, he remained on, bringing the indigenous peoples to Christ.  He seems to have been martyred by a tribe he had spent some time working with because they did not want him to bring the powers of his God to the neighboring tribe, with whom they were warring.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 30 November, in Isleta, New Mexico, in 1743, the memory of the death of Juan Jose Padilla.  I don’t know what day he died, and he is not thought to have been a martyr.  This Franciscan priest and missionary is known primarily because of confusion with Juan de Padilla and because the coffin in which Juan Jose Padilla was buried had the tendency to rise from the ground, (which is to say disinterring, not levitating,) leading to several official investigations.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 30 November, of interest in Cuba, the memorial of Blessed Jose Lopez Piteira.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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