The round up for 19 to 25 January 2014.
Saturday 25 January is the beatification of the first new Blessed of the year, Bl Maria Cristina di Savoia. A nineteenth century Queen of the Two Sicilies, she is known for her personal holiness rather than for her political activities. Her feast will be 21 January.
Sunday 19 January, in 1668 in Michigan, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Frederic Baraga. A Slovene, he had come to America to be a missionary to the Catholics settling in the vast area of the Midwest. He would be the first Bishop of Marquette. Though his cause has been active for quite a while, he was only declared Venerable in 2012.
Also 19 January, the death in 1847 in Mexico of Anthony Rey. A French Jesuit, he was one of the first two American chaplains, assigned to ride with the troops during the occupation of Mexico. Unwilling to stay sheltered with the troops, he chose to go out among the people, serving the Mexicans as well as the Americans. In doing this, he became the first American chaplain to die in the service, though he did not die on the battlefield. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 19 January, in 1902 in Vancouver, the repose of Mother Joseph. Born Esther Pariseau in Quebec, she was a religious with the Sisters of Providence, but is better known as an architect and church builder, helping in the establishment of the Church in the nineteenth century Northwest. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Monday 20 January, I have nothing.
Tuesday 21 January, in New York in 1984, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory. Originally from Northern Ireland, she established the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, dedicated to serving elderly religious. She was declared Venerable in 2012.
Also 21 January, the anniversary of the execution of King Louis XVI of France by the French Republic. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Wednesday 22 January, in 1880 in Slovenia, the repose of Francis Xavier Pierz. A companion of the Venerable Servant of God Frederic Baraga, this priest and missionary eventually returned to his homeland when his physical and later mental health deteriorated, but not before more than three decades of service to the Native Americans and settlers of the American Midwest. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 22 January, of interest in Argentina and Chile, the feast of Bl Laura Vicuna.
Thursday 23 January, the feast of S Marianne Cope, the Bavarian religious who, after serving in New York, led the contingent of nuns who took over the work of S Damien the Leper. She was canonized in 2012.
Also 23 January, in New Mexico in 1675, the martyrdom of Alonso Gil de Avila. A Franciscan priest, he was martyred by Apaches when they were attacking the pueblo where he was working with Native Americans. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Friday 24 January, in 2008 in Iowa, the repose of Dorothy Marie Hennessey. A Franciscan sister, she was active in the Peace and Justice Movement and in School of the Americans Watch, being sufficiently active against American policy in Latin America as to be sentenced to prison in the eighties. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Saturday 25 January, in 1704 in or near Tallahassee, Florida, the deaths of Juan Parge Arraiyo, Franciscan priest; Antonio Enixa, layman; Amador Cuipa Feliciano, layman; Manuel de Mendoza, Franciscsan priest; Domingo Criado, Franciscan priest; Tiburcio de Osorio, Franciscan priest; Augustin Ponce de Leon, Franciscan priest; Marcus Delgado, Franciscan brother; Juan Ruiz Mejia, layman; and Angel Miranda, Franciscan priest. All were killed during an invasion of Florida by the governor of South Carolina, both for political and religious reasons. In addition to the martyrdoms, churches and libraries were destroyed. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Also 25 January, of interest to the Orthodox, the Synaxis of All New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, those who suffered under the Bolshevik yoke. Of interest to Americans are Ss Tikhon of Moscow, Alexander Hotovitzky, John Kochurov and Seraphim of Uglich.
S Marianne of Molokai, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.