The round up for 2 to 8 February 2014.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 2 February, in 1970 in Minnesota, the repose of the Servant of God Giancarlo Rastelli. From Italy, he was a married layman and a doctor, known for his pediatric cardiology work. His cause has only been open about ten years.
Also 2 February, in 1706 in Louisiana, the death of John Francis Buisson de St. Cosme. A priest from Quebec, he was martyred in travel near the mouth of the Mississippi, becoming the protomartyr of Louisiana. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Monday 3 February, in 1882 in Baltimore, the repose of the Servant of God Mary Elizabeth Lange. Originally from either Haiti or Cuba, she founded the first American order directed to African Americans, the Oblate Sisters of Providence. The diocesan phase of her cause was completed in 2006.
Also 3 February, in 1943 aboard the USAT Dorchester, the repose of John P. Washington. A military chaplain and priest, he was one of the Four Chaplains, representing Catholics, Protestants and Jews, who forsook their lifejackets and went down with the ship encouraging their respective flocks, a symbol of ecumenism. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 3 February, in 1997, the repose of Luke John Neumann Hooker. A child, there was some talk immediately after his death of pursuing his canonization. I have not seen anything recent indicating his cause to be active,
Also 3 February, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1951 of the Servant of God Marie-Yvonne-Aimee of Jesus. A Sister with the Augustinian Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus, she was recognized by both religious and secular authorities for her work hiding and healing the Resistance during the Nazi Occupation. Her cause has been open since the fifties, but I don’t know if it is active.
Tuesday 4 February, in 1938 in China, the repose of Gerard Donovan. A Maryknoll priest from Pittsburgh, he was the first Maryknoll priest to be martyred, during the period China was a failed state. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 4 February, in 1944 in Mississippi, the repose of Claude Newman. A layman, he was executed that day for murder, but during his period on death row he converted to the Church and is said to have had a vision of the Blessed Virgin. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Wednesday 5 February, the repose in 1968 in Louisiana of the Servant of God Jean Martin Eyraud. Originally from France, he was a secular priest of widely regarded holiness. His cause has been open since 2001.
Also 5 February, of interest to the Breton, the memory of the Servants of God the 85 Martyrs of Rennes, killed during the Revolution. Though their cause was opened in 1935, they have yet to be officially declared martyrs.
Thursday 6 February, in 2012, the repose of William Benish. A secular priest, I remember him because he was my friend, but I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 6 February, the death of King Charles II of England, who converted to Catholicism on his deathbed. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 6 February, of interest primarily in Mexico, the feast of the Martyrs of Nagasaki, including the first Mexican-born saint, S Philip of Jesus, as well as saints who resided for more or less a length of time in Mexico, Ss Peter Baptist Blasquez, Martin de Aguirre, Francis Blanco, and Francis de San Miguel. They were canonized in 1862.
Friday 7 February, in 1920 in Rome, the repose of the Servant of God Francis Joseph Parater. From Virginia, he was a seminarian in Rome who died of disease there. Known for his personal holiness, the diocesan phase of his cause was completed in 2007.
Also 7 February, in 1985 in Wisconsin, the repose of John Rossiter, Ferdinand Roth and William Hammes. The first was a secular priest, the latter two laymen. Apparently upset by the use of female readers in the Church, following Mass a man entered the church with a shotgun, killing the priest and the two laymen. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Also 7 February, in 1990 in the Vatican City, the repose of Nazarena of Jesus. A hermitess and mystic from Connecticut, she spent many years seeking an order that would allow her to live as a recluse, and many more living that life. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Saturday 8 February, of interest to the Breton, in 1945 in Germany, the repose of the Servant of God Eugene Lemoine. A Breton man and member of the Young Christian Workers, he died after being deported as a forced laborer under the Nazis. His cause, with the rest of the fifty martyrs of the STO, has been open since 1992.
S Philip of Jesus and the Martyrs of Nagasaki, orate pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.