4 to 10 May 2014

The round up for 4 to 10 May 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 4 May, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Vasily Martysz.  A missionary in America from 1900 to 1912, he is remembered most for his work in establishing the Polish Orthodox Church.  He was killed at the end of World War II, likely by Bolsheviks.

Also 4 May, of interest in Canada, the Optional Memorial of Bl Alodie-Virginie Paradis, in religion Marie-Leonie.  (Her repose was 3 May, but the memorial is celebrated on 4 May.)

Monday 5 May, in 2001 in Guatemala City, the death of Barbara Ann Ford.  She was a religious with the Sisters of Charity of New York serving the poor in Guatemala, primarily in her capacity as a nurse, for two decades before her shooting.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 5 May, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1652 of the Venerable Servant of God Michel le Nobletz.  A secular priest, he was associated with the Counterreformation revival of faith in Brittany, though his reputation for strictness made him at times unpopular.  He was declared Venerable in 1913.

Tuesday 6 May, the feast of S Francois de Montmorency-Laval, his first as a saint.  Born in France, he was the first Bishop of Quebec and, as the first Bishop of the New World north of Mexico, is thus a saint of the United States as well as of Canada.  He was canonized through equipollant canonization just last month.

Also 6 May, the repose in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in 1840 of the Servant of God Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin.  A Russian prince and son of the Russian Ambassador to the Hague, he gave up home, wealth and titles to become a Catholic and a priest, serving in the wilderness of central Pennsylvania, coming to be called the Apostle to the Alleghenies.  The diocesan phase of his cause was closed in January.

Wednesday 7 May, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre.  An Eastern Rite Catholic, he found an American Catholicism, especially in the person of Bp Ireland, which was trying to mainstream into American culture.  To save the culture of his rite, he tragically left communion with the Church and helped establish the Orthodox Church in America.

Also 7 May, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Conchita Farani.

Thursday 8 May, the repose in 1927 in New Jersey of the Venerable Servant of God Miriam Teresa.  Born Teresa Demjanovich in New Jersey in 1901 to an Eastern Rite family, she would enter the convent of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth where, in her short life, she came to a spiritual understanding beyond her years.  She was venerated in 2012.

Also 8 May, of interest in Canada, the memorial of the Bl Marie-Catherine Simon de Longpre, in religion Catherine of Saint Augustine.

Friday 9 May, of interest in Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Carmen Elena Rendiles Martinez.

Saturday 10 May, the feast of S Damien of Molokai.  A Belgian of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, he traveled to Hawaii to minister, virtually alone, to the lepers of the leper colony there.  His is an amazing story, culminating in his own contraction of leprosy, serving his flock to the death.  He was canonized in 2009.

Also 10 May, the repose in 2009 of Robert John Cornell.  A Norbertine priest, he was one of only two priests to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a Democrat from Wisconsin from 1975 to 1979.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

S Francois de Laval, ora pro nobis.

S Damien the Leper, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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