29 June to 5 July 2014

The round up for 29 June to 5 July 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 29 June, of interest in Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jose Gregorjo Hernandez Cisneros.

Monday 30 June, in New York City in 1853, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Pierre Toussaint.  Born in Haiti, brought to America a slave, he bought his freedom and the freedom of his wife, and they not only served as providers of charity and assistance in New York, but also as benefactors to the Church.  He was declared Venerable in 1996.

Also 30 June, the memory of the repose in 1851 in New York of Juliette Toussaint.  (The date of her death is illegible on her grave and, so far as I know, unknown.)  Wife of Pierre Toussaint, she was also originally from Haiti and also a benefactor of the people and Church in New York.  So far as I know, there is no formal cause for her canonization.

Tuesday 1 July, the memorial of the death in 1784 in California of Bl Junipero Serra.  A Franciscan priest and missionary, he is credited with largely building the chain of missions even now standing through California.  His death was on 28 August but in the U.S. he is remembered on 1 July.  He was beatified in 1988.

Also 1 July, of interest in Brazil, the memorial of Bl Assunta Marchetti.

Wednesday 2 July, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of S Juvenaly of Alaska, protomartyr of America and one of the first Orthodox missionaries in Alaska.

Also 2 July, also of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of S John Maximovich of Shanghai and San Francisco, called the Miracle-Worker.  Not only is this his feast and the anniversary of his repose, but it also is the twentieth anniversary of his glorification by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  (It will be the sixth anniversary of the recognition of this glorification by the Moscow Patriarchate.)

Thursday 3 July, in 1959 in Uganda, the repose of the Servant of God Norbert McAuliffe.  Born in New York, he was a religious with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.  Twenty of his fifty-seven years as a religious were spent serving in Uganda, helping found the mission there.  He is remembered for his personal holiness and his cause, opened in 1995, went to Rome in 1998.

Also 3 July, the memory of the repose of Christopher Plunkett.  An Irish Capuchin priest, his date of death is not known, but the year is believed to have been 1697.  He was serving as an illegal priest in the colony of Virginia when he was arrested and exiled somewhere within the colony, where he died a prisoner.  So far as I know there is no cause for his canonization.

Friday 4 July, in 1872 in San Francisco, the repose of Francis Bassost.  A Spanish Capuchin priest, he had been serving in the missions in Guatemala when the revolutionary government expelled the foreign mission workers.  He died a few days after arriving in San Francisco of mistreatment during the expulsion.  So far as I know, there is no cause for his canonization.

Saturday 5 July, in 1868 in Puerto Rico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina.  A layman, he is remembered not only for his personal holiness but as the father of eduction in Puerto Rico.  He turned his home into a school for children of any race and any economic status, and for this is recognized by religious and secular society alike.  He was declared Venerable in 2013.

Also 5 July, in 1749 in Texas, the death of Francisco Xavier Silva.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed along with the party with which he was traveling in an Apache raid.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 July, in 1796, the repose of Daniel Carroll.  Of the famous Carrolls of Maryland, he was one of only two Catholic signers of the Constitution, was the only Catholic to sign the Articles of Confederation and was also the only Catholic — indeed one of only five people — to sign both.  He was otherwise a planter and a politician.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 July, in 1896, the repose of Adele Brise.  She is best known as the visionary who saw Mary as Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, beginning in 1859.  While I am not aware of a cause for her canonization, this is the only Marian apparition to have official Church backing in the United States.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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