The round up for the week of 18 to 24 May 2014.
Saturday 24 May will see the beatification of Mario Vergara and Isidore Ngei Ko Lat, a priest and lay catechist martyred in Burma in 1950.
Sunday 18 May, in 2009 in Guatemala, the death of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. A priest with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate from Wisconsin, he was a missionary and activist active in Guatemala for about ten years before being shot by masked gunmen in an alleged carjacking. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 18 May in 1675 in Michigan, the repose of Jacques Marquette. A Jesuit priest and missionary originally from France, he is well known for his pioneering work in the American Midwest. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Monday 19 May, of particular interest to the Breton, the feast of S Yves Helory. A priest and Third Order Franciscan, he is traditionally one of the most venerated saints from Brittany, associated with the seeking of justice for the poor against the rich. He was canonized in 1347.
Also 19 May, of interest in Mexico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Leonardo Castellanos y Castellanos.
Also 19 May, of particular interest in Colombia and Ecuador, the feast of S Verena Butler.
Tuesday 20 May, in 1582 in New Mexico, the memory of the death of Augustin Rodriguez. A Franciscan brother, he was martyred at the instigation of the local religious authorities in late May, though the exact date is unclear.
Also 20 May, of interest in Argentina and Chile, the memorial of Bl Crescencia Perez.
Wednesday 21 May, of interest to the Breton, in 1996 the killings of the Trappist Martyrs of Algeria. Of their number, two were Breton, the Servants of God Michel Fleury and Celestin Ringeard. Their cause, with seventeen other martyrs of Algeria, has been in the diocesan phase since 2007.
Also 21 May, of interest in Brazil, the memorial of Bl Manuel Gomez Gonzalez.
Also 21 May, also of interest in Brazil, the memorial of Bl Adilio Daronch.
Also 21 May, of particular interest to Mexico, the feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Cristero War: Ss David Galvan Bermudez, Luis Batis Sainz, Manuel Morales, David Roldan Lara, Salvador Lara Puente, Jenaro Sanchez del Cadillo, Mateo Correa Magallanes, Julio Alvarez Mendoza, David Uribe Velasco, Sabas Reyes Salazar, Roman Adame Rosales, Cristobal Magallanes Jara, Agustin Caloca Cortes, Jose Isabel Flores Varela, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Miguel de la Mora y de la Mora, Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman, Margarito Flores Garcia, Pedro Esqueda Ramirez, Jesus Mendez Montoya, Toribio Romo Gonzalez, Justino Urana Madrigal, Aticano Cruz Alvarado, Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles and Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lusero.
Thursday 22 May, I have nothing.
Friday 23 May, in 1951 in North Korea, the death of the Servant of God Emil Joseph Kapaun. A priest and military chaplain from Kansas, he was taken prisoner by the North Koreans, dying in a prisoner of war camp. He is known for his courage and for his role in aiding physically and mentally the other prisoners in the camp. His cause was sent to Rome in 2012.
Also 23 May, in 1873 in Saint Louis, the repose of Pierre-Jean de Smet. Known as the Apostle of Kansas, this Jesuit priest originally from Belgium was active in the American heartland. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Saturday 24 May, in 1665 in Soria, Spain, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria of Jesus, called also Maria of Agreda. A nun with the Order of the Immaculate Conception, despite never leaving her convent, she is said to have bilocated, appearing to and catechizing the Native Americans of the present day American Southwest. She was declared Venerable in 1673 but I am not aware if her cause has advanced since that time.
Also 24 May, in Argentina and Peru, the feast of Mary, Help of Christians.
Also 24 May, of interest in Canada, the memorial of Bl Louis-Zephirin Moreau.
S Yves, ora pro nobis.
S Verena Butler, ora pro nobis.
The Holy Martyrs of the Cristero War, orate pro nobis.
Mary, Help of Christians, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.