1 to 7 December 2013

The round up for 1 to 7 December.  There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 1 December, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Tudwal, one of the seven founders of Brittany.  He was the son of one of the knights of the Round Table, slew a dragon, and is known as the Breton Pope due to the legend that while visiting Rome the people acclaimed him pope.  But he is best known for being the first Bishop of Tregor.  I don’t think his cult has ever been officially confirmed.

Also 1 December, of interest to the French of the island of Martinique, the memorial of the Venerable Servant of God Leon Papin-DuPont.  (Though there is an American connection, as he did spend some time living in the U.S.)

Monday 2 December, in 1980 in El Salvador, the death of the four Women of El Salvador.  Dorothy Kazel, originally from Ohio, was a missionary with the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union.  Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, originally from New York, were with the Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic.  Jean Donovan, from Connecticut, was a lay missionary.  They were murdered by members of the Salvadoran military.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization, collectively or individually.

Tuesday 3 December, in 1815 in Baltimore, the repose of John Carroll.  Of the famous Carroll family, he was Baltimore’s and the United States’s first Bishop and Archbishop.  (He was also at one point a Jesuit.)  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 4 December, in 1623 in Tokyo, the martyrdom of Bl Girolamo de Angelis, or Jerome of the Angels.  A Jesuit priest from Italy, he was one of three future martyrs of Japan who were shipwrecked in Puerto Rico, and took the time while there to explore some of the island.  He was later burned alive.  Beatified in 1867, I don’t know if there has been progress on his cause since.

Also 4 December, of interest to the Orthodox, the anniversary of the glorification of S Alexander Hotovitzky by the OCA.  He was a missionary in America from 1895 to 1914, but is best known as a martyr under the Bolsheviks in 1937.

Thursday 5 December, of interest to the Breton, the death in 1942 in Brandenburg of Marc, born Joseph-Marie, Guihaire.  A Dominican priest born in Brittany, he was martyred by the Third Reich.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 December, of interest to Mexico, the memorial of the Venerable Servant of God Juan Prospero Fromental Cayroche.

Friday 6 December, in 2004 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God Fernando Rielo Pardel.  Layman, founder of the Idente Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer, this poet and philosopher spent his last several years here in the United States.  His cause is still in the early stages.

Saturday 7 December, in 1647 on St Mark Island in Florida, the martyrdom of three Franciscan missionaries, perhaps priests, of whom not even the names have survived.  Habig says of these, the Franciscan Protomartyrs of Florida:  “Provoked by the unreasonable demands of the Governor of Spanish Florida, the Indians of the Apalache district rose in rebellion and killed three of the eight missionaries laboring among them, as well as nine other Spaniards.  The latter seem to have been the Lieutenant Governor and his family.”  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

S Tudwal, ora pro nobis.

Bl Jerome of the Angels, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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