The round up for 8 to 14 December 2013.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the title under which Mary is the patron of all the Americas.
Also 8 December, in 1984 in the Bronx, the repose of the Servant of God Walter Ciszek. A Jesuit priest from Pennsylvania, he spent about a quarter of a century in the Soviet Union ministering to underground Catholics. His cause went to Rome last year.
Also 8 December, in 2001 in New Mexico, the repose of Michael Mack. A Dominican priest, he was killed in a burglary gone bad. He had just decided to join the Servants of the Paraclete, a community in New Mexico ministering to priests with substance abuse issues but was killed before he made the transition. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 8 December, in 1887, the repose of Boniface Wimmer. A Bavarian Benedictine priest, he was the one who brought the Benedictines to America, founding the still-extant house here in Pennsylvania. He also helped in the establishment of educational communities in nineteenth century America. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 8 December, in 1986, the repose of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. A Tamil Sufi mystic from Sri Lanka, he taught in Pennsylvania and is the only American Sufi saint of which I am aware.
Also 8 December, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Attilio Giordani.
Monday 9 December, in 1979 in New York, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen. A secular Bishop, he is best known for his media work, books and television. He was declared Venerable just last year, but stories of miracles attributable to his intercession are already becoming known.
Also 9 December, of interest to Mexico (though not only to Mexico), the feast of S Juan Diego.
Tuesday 10 December, in Thailand in 1968, the repose of Father Louis, better known by his birth name, Thomas Merton. A Trappist priest and a well known author, I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Wednesday 11 December, in 1729 near Vicksburg, Mississippi, the repose of Jean Souel. He was killed by the Yazoos to whom he had been ministering, apparently due to his opposition to some of their pagan ways. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 11 December, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Rodolfo Komorek.
Thursday 12 December, the feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Queen of the Americas.
Also 12 December, in 2008 in the Bronx, the repose of Avery Dulles. A Jesuit priest, a Cardinal though not a Bishop, and a convert from one of the most prominent of American political families, he became respected as such a great theologian S John Paul created him Cardinal in his retirement. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 12 December, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Corentin. He is one of the seven founding saints of Brittany, the first Bishop of Quimper. I don’t know that Rome has ever confirmed his cult.
Friday 13 December, I have nothing.
Saturday 14 December, in 1941 on an island off the Chinese coast, the death of Robert Cairns. Though he was born in Scotland, he grew up in Massachusetts and there became a Maryknoll priest. He was seized by the Japanese when he refused to leave his flock following the invasion, and they tossed him into the ocean. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 14 December, in 1997 in Nepal, the death of Thomas Edward Gafney. A Jesuit priest from Ohio, he essentially brought social work to the Kingdom of Nepal, working with street kids, the crippled and drug addicts. It is suspected he ran afoul of the royal family due to his opposition to the drug trade and was beheaded. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 14 December, of interest to the Breton (and in Brazil), the repose of the Servant of God Alano Maria. Born Alain-Marie du Noday in Brittany, he was a Dominican priest and Bishop of Porto Nacional, Brazil. I don’t know how far his cause has progressed, but I don’t think very far.
S Juan Diego, ora pro nobis.
S Corentin of Quimper, ora pro nobis.
Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, ora pro nobis.
Our Lady of Guadeloupe, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.