29 December 2013 to 4 January 2014

The round up for 29 December 2013 to 4 January 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 29 December, I have nothing.

Monday 30 December, in 2000 in Michigan, the repose of the Servant of God John Anthony Hardon.  A Jesuit priest from Pennsylvania, he is best known for his writings on religious and theological matters.  His cause has not been open long.

Tuesday 31 December, in Manila in 2012, the repose of James Bertram Reuter.  A Jesuit priest from New Jersey, he spent about seventy years working in the Philippines.  He is known for educational work, writings, teaching, and work in theater and television.  He was a well beloved figure in the Philippines and died in the odor of sanctity, but no cause could be officially opened for him until 2017.

Wednesday 1 January, in 1947 in China, the martyrdom of Benedict, born John Jenson.  Danish, he grew up in California.  He became a Franciscan brother and was martyred in China during the ascendancy of the Communists along with another Franciscan companion.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 1 January, the repose of King James III of England, known as the Old Pretender.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 2 January, of interest to the Canadians, the repose of Bl Esther Blondin.

Friday 3 January, I have nothing.

Saturday 4 January, the feast of S Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Widow, mother, nun.  Convert and foundress.  She was the first native-born American to be canonized.  She was canonized in 1975.

S Elizabeth Ann Seton, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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