The round-up for 16 to 22 February 2014.
There are no canonizations scheduled for this week.
Sunday 16 February, in 1926 in New Jersey, the repose of the Servant of God Jan Cieplak. A Polish priest and Bishop, he was under suspicion by the Tsar but — as the highest ranking Catholic in the USSR — persecuted more by the Bolsheviks. He was visiting Polish expatriates in America after his release from Soviet prison en route to his new see in Lithuania when he died, in part due to the strain of his persecutions. His cause has been open since the fifties.
Also 16 February, in 1923 in Wisconsin, the repose of the Servant of God Stephen Eckert. A Capuchin priest from Canada, he is known for his personal holiness and work in the late nineteenth century around the Great Lakes region. He is particularly known for his work with racial minorities. The diocesan phase of his cause was completed in 1985.
Also 16 February, in 1953, the repose of the founder of the Polish National Catholic Church, Franciszek Hodur. There is, of course, no cause for his canonization.
Also 16 February, of interest in Argentina, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Camila Rolon.
Monday 17 February, in 2013 in Zanzibar, the repose of Evaristus Mushi. Though African, he went to seminary and served in parishes here in the United States. He was martyred by, it is thought, Islamic rebels. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Tuesday 18 February, I have nothing.
Wednesday 19 February, in 1858 in Iowa, the repose of the Servant of God Mathias Loras. From France, he was the first Bishop of Dubuque. Though his cause was opened many years ago, it has been decades in the stage of reviewing his writings.
Thursday 20 February, in 1715 in Wisconsin, the repose of Leonard Vatier. Franciscan priest and protomartyr of Wisconsin, little is known about him or the details of his death. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Friday 21 February, in 1952 in China, the repose of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford. A Maryknoll Bishop from Brooklyn, he was one of the founders of the Maryknoll Society and is the highest ranking Maryknoller to undergo martyrdom. His cause has officially been open for about a decade.
Also 21 February, in 1639 in New Mexico, the memory of the repose of Diego de San Lucas. A Franciscan priest, the details of his martyrdom are not clear. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 21 February, in 1860 in Nashville, the repose of Richard Pius Miles. A Dominican and the first Bishop of Nashville, he is one of the great church builders of nineteenth century America. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 22 February, in Japan in 1624, the martyrdom of Bl Diogo Carvalho. A Jesuit priest from Portugal, his connection to America comes from having been shipwrecked with two other Jesuits in Puerto Rico on his way to Japan. He was beatified in 1867.
Also 22 February, in 1632 in New Mexico, the repose of Francisco Letrado. A Franciscan priest, he was martyred and mutilated by the native people and his body never found. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 22 February, in 1879 in Wisconsin, the repose of Dominic Martin Kundig. From Switzerland, he was in his youth a member of the Swiss Guards before becoming a priest in America. He was a significant figure in local history in the nineteenth century, though I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.