11 to 17 May 2014

The round up for 11 to 17 May 2014.

Saturday 17 May will see the beatification of Anton Durcovici.  A Romanian Bishop martyred by the Bolsheviks following his refusal of their offer to help form a less Rome-centered Romanian church, he died in prison in 1951.

Sunday 11 May, in 1752 near Rockdale, Texas, the death of Jose Francisco Ganzabal.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed because he vocally opposed the dissolute living of the Spanish head of the presidio.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 11 May, the repose in Rhode Island in 1936 of Marie Rose Ferron.  Originally from Quebec, she was a mystic and stigmatic spending most of her short life bedridden.  While her canonization was at one point considered, her local Bishop decided not to proceed.  (She is considered a saint among at least one group not in communion with Rome.)

Also 11 May, of interest in Brazil, the feast of S Antonio Galvao de Franca.

Monday 12 May, in 1582 in Santiago, New Mexico, the death of Francisco Lopez.  A Franciscan priest, he was attacked by a Tigua while at prayer.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 13 May, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1645 of the Servant of God Yvon Nicolazic.  A Breton farmer, he is best known as the visionary who saw S Anne and was shown the location of the statue of S Anne of Auray, still an internationally known pilgrimage site.  His cause was sent to Rome in 2012.

Wednesday 14 May, the memorial of the Servants of God the Modern Martyrs of Korea.  Among these are three priests of American birth, James Maginn, Patrick Brennan and Patrick Byrne.  All were religious priests, and the third a Bishop, martyred in 1950 in the course of the invasion by North Korea.  Their causes, with 78 others, were combined in 2013 and is being developed.

Also 14 May, in China in 1945, the repose of Otto Rauschenbach.  A Maryknoll priest from Missouri, he was set upon by bandits during the chaos of the rise of the Communists.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 14 May, of interest in Chile, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mariano Avellana la Sierra.

Thursday 15 May, in 1948 in Berlin, the repose of the Servant of God Edward Flanagan.  Born in Ireland, he is best known as the priest who founded Boys Town, a ministry still thriving today.  His cause was officially opened in 2012.

Also 15 May, in Newburgh, New York, in 1949, the repose of Peter Maurin.  Alongside the Servant of God Dorothy Day, he founded the Catholic Worker movement.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 16 May, the feast of S Brenden the Navigator.  An Irish monk, according to legend he traveled the Atlantic several times, possibly founding the first, if short-lived, monastic establishment in what is today Canada.  If so, he would be the first saint of the Americas.  Also there is a Breton connection as he brought on at least one of his voyages S Malo, who would go on to become one of the Seven Founders of Brittany.  I am not aware of Rome confirming his cult.

Also 16 May, of interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Marie-Clement (Joseph) Staub.

Saturday 17 May, of interest in Cuba, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jeronimo Mariano Usera de Alarcon.

S Frei Galvao, ora pro nobis.

S Brendan the Navigator, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis,

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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