The round up for 5 to 11 January 2014.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 5 January, the fest of S John Neumann. A Bavarian Redemptorist, he is the only American Bishop to be canonized so far. He served in a number of places in the nineteenth century United States, ending his days as Bishop of Philadelphia. He was canonized in 1977.
Also 5 January, of interest to the Breton, the martyrdom in Germany in 1945 of Gwenael, born in Brittany as Jean-Mathurin Thomas. A Trappist priest involved with the Resistance, he was executed by the Nazis. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Monday 6 January, the feast of S Andre Bessette, known as Brother Andre. Canadian born, he spent his religious life in Canada, but he did work for a few years in his youth in America. He was a Holy Cross Brother, beloved for his simplicity and his miracles, canonized in 2010.
Tuesday 7 January, I have nothing.
Wednesday 8 January, in 1996 in Ghana, the martyrdom of Sister Anne. Born Patricia McAleese in Queens, she was with the Presentation Sisters when she was killed trying to protect another sister. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Thursday 9 January, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1820 in Paris of the Servant of God Pierre-Joseph Picot de Cloriviere. A Jesuit priest and founder of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, this Breton is best known for his work trying to repair the damage to the Jesuits and the Church done under the French Republic. His cause, though opened nearly a century ago, does not seem well progressed.
Also 9 January and also of interest to the Breton, the repose of Anne of Brittany, the last independent ruler of the Duchy of Brittany.
Friday 10 January, in 1955 in Washington, D.C., the repose of the Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick. A laywoman, crippled as a child, she found a way to serve the poor and founded the Christ Child Society. Her cause has been open for some time but remains in the early stages.
Also 10 January, in 2000, the repose of Sister Mary Ephrem, born Mildred Neuzil. A nun, she is best known as the visionary in the fifties of Mary as Our Lady of America. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Also 10 January, of interest in Argentina, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mamerto Esquiu.
Also 10 January, of interest in Mexico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Benoit-Felix Rougier Olanier.
Also 10 January, of interest in Peru, the repose of Bl Ana Monteagudo Ponce de Leon
Also 10 January, of interest in Cuba, the feast of Bl Maria Dolores Rodriguez Sopena.
S John Neumann, ora pro nobis.
S Brother Andre, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.