The round up for 20 to 26 April 2014.
Saturday 26 April will see the beatification of Bl Giuseppe Girotti. An Italian Dominican priest, he was martyred in Dachau for assisting Jews in Fascist Italy. His memorial will be 1 April.
Sunday 20 April, in 1687 in Wisconsin, the repose of Louis le Boesme. A Jesuit priest, he is believed to have been killed by Winnebagoes, but the details of his death are not clear. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 20 April, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of the translation of the relics of S Nikolai Velimirovic, which seems to be his major feast in Russia and Serbia. Bishop of Ohrid, he escaped when his country was taken by Bolsheviks and was living in the United States from 1946 to 1956.
Monday 21 April, in 1853 in Ohio, the repose of Stephen Badin. French-born, he began studies for the priesthood in France but fled during the Revolution. He came to America, where he was the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 21 April, in 1936 in Altoona, the repose of John McCort. Second Bishop of Altoona, he served from 1920 to 1936. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 21 April, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1142 of Pierre Abelard. Born in Nantes, best known these days for his ill-fated love affair with Heloise, he was one of the greatest philosophers of his day. Indeed, had he not lived at the time of S Bernard, he likely would be considered the greatest of his day. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Tuesday 22 April, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1938 in China of Frederic Fourre. (Though the date is sometimes different in other sources.) A Franciscan priest from Brittany, he was serving as a missionary in China during the period China was largely a failed state, and is believed to have been martyred by the Japanese, though the Japanese occupiers claimed he was killed by the Chinese. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Wednesday 23 April, in 1973 in Puerto Rico, the repose of the Servant of God Maria Soledad. Born Maria Consuelo Sanjurjo Santos, she was a religious with the Servants of Mary, Ministers of the Sick. Her cause was sent to Rome in 2009.
Also 23 April, in Alabama in 1708, the repose of Jacques Gravier. Protomartyr of Alabama, this Jesuit priest died some three years after the wound received among the Native Americans that would lead to his death, but it was unresponsive to medicine in France or America. He died after returning to the New World, though before he had the chance to return to the Native Americans with whom he had made his home. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Thursday 24 April, in 1929 in China, the repose of Walter of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, Clement of Saint Michael, and Godfrey of Jesus. These three American Passionist priests were serving as missionaries in China when they were abducted and murdered by Chinese Communist bandits. They were the first Americans to be martyred outside the United States. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Also 24 April, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Benedetto Menni. An Italian priest and member of the Hospitallars of Saint John of God, having seen the trauma of the First World War he was led to help reestablish this Order in Europe. In time, he was forced out of leadership in the Order and was more or less in exile in Brittany when he died in 1914. He was canonized in 1999.
Friday 25 April, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Bb Jose Trinidad Rangel Montano, Andres Sola Molist, and Antonio Perez Larios.
Also 25 April, of interest in Guatemala, the feast of S Pedro Betancur Garcia.
Saturday 26 April, I have nothing.
S Benedetto Menni, orate pro nobis.
S Pedro Betancur, orate pro nobis.
All the saints, ora pro nobis.
All the martyrs, ora pro nobis.