The round up for 10 to 16 August 2014.
Saturday 16 August will see the beatification by Pope Francis of the Venerable Servant of God Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions, martyrs of the early days of the Church in Korea.
Sunday 10 August, in 1680, the Martyrs of the First Pueblo Revolt: Bartolome Naranjo, Juan Bernal, Domingo de Vera, Ferdando de Velasco, Manuel Tinoco, Juan Bautista Pio, Tomas de Torres, Antonio de Mora, Juan de la Pedrosa, Matias Rendon, Luis de Morales, Antonio Sanchez de Pro, Francisco de Lorenzana, Juan de Talban, Jose de Montesdola, Juan de Jesus, Lucas Maldonado, Juan del Val, Jose de Espeleta, Augustin de Santa Maria, Jose de Figueroa, Jose de Trujillo, Simon de Jesus, Luis de Baeza, Lorenzo Analisa, Juan Espinosa, and Sebastian Casalda. Primarily, though not exclusively, Franciscan priests, these martyrs were killed during the so-called El Pope Revolt, led by a Native American religious leader against the Spanish and their Church. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Monday 11 August, the martyrdom of Angel Baraibar Moreno. A secular priest born in Puerto Rico, he was martyred in Toledo, Spain, in 1936. There does not seem to be a current cause for his beatification.
Also 11 August, in 1921 in Alabama, the martyrdom of James Coyle. A priest from Ireland, he was murdered by a Klansman when he witnessed the wedding of the Klansman’s daughter to a man from Puerto Rico. A Klansman-judge and Klansman-dominated-jury found the killer not guilty, persuaded by a Klan-financed legal team, led by future Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 11 August, in 1988 in Bahawalpur, the repose of Susan Wojciechowski. A nun with the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Sparkill, originally from the United States, she died under circumstances I’m not clear about. I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.
Also 11 August, in 1959 in Louisiana, the repose Charlene Marie Richard. A child known for the holiness of her suffering, she is not officially on the road to sainthood but is already considered a folk saint in Louisiana.
Also 11 August, of particular interest to the Breton, the repose in 1944 in Grenoble of Yves Moreau de Montcheuil. A Jesuit priest originally from Brittany, he was martyred by the Nazis. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 11 August, of particular interest in Cuba, the memorial of Bl Armando Oscar Valdes.
Tuesday 12 August, in 1720 in Nebraska, the possible martyrdom of Juan Minguez. A Franciscan priest, he died in an ambush by Pawnees and is counted the protomartyr of Nebraska. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 12 August, in 1824 in Missouri, the repose of Charles Nerinckx. A Belgian priest and tireless missionary, he is also known for having founded the first American order for African American nuns. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 12 August, in 1990 in New Mexico, the repose of Mathias Barrett. A religious from Ireland, he is best known for his work with the homeless and for having founded the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Wednesday 13 August, of particular interest in Mexico, the memorial of Bl Luciano Hernandez Ramirez. Of the Dominican Martyrs of Spain, he was born in Mexico.
Thursday 14 August, in 1890 in Connecticut, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Michael J. McGivney. A priest, he is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus. He was declared Venerable in 2008.
Also 14 August, in 1926 in Minnesota, the repose of Annella Zervas. A Benedictine nun who died young of a skin disease, she was quickly considered a saint by those who knew her and her grave became a pilgrimage site, though it is not clear any official moves to canonize her were ever taken.
Friday 15 August, in 1696 in Florida, the memorial of the martyrdom of Luis Sanchez. The exact date of his death is unknown. He was a Franciscan priest, one of a number who attempted to found missions in Florida. He was killed during a Native American revolt and the others withdrew to Saint Augustine. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 15 August, in 1661 in Wisconsin, the martyrdom of Rene Menard. A Jesuit priest, his martyrdom is uncertain. He disappeared while ministering to the Native Americans and was presumed killed. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 15 August, in 1990 in Sri Lanka, the disappearance and presumed martyrdom of Eugene John Hebert. A Jesuit priest from Louisiana, he was serving on mission in Sri Lanka when he disappeared.
Saturday 16 August, of particular interest in Mexico, the memorial of Bl Bartolome Diaz Laurel.
Also 16 August, also of particular interest in Mexico, the memorial of Bb Luis Flores and Pedro Zuniga. Of the Martyrs of Japan, both spent time in Mexico.
All the saints, orate pro nobis,
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.