31 August to 6 September 2014

The round up for 31 August to 6 September 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 31 August, in 1864 in Jonesboro, Georgia, the death of Emmeran Bliemel.  A Bavarian priest, he found himself chaplain of a Confederate States of America unit.  Hit by a canonball while performing Last Rites for his commander, he became the first American chaplain to fall on the field of combat.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 1 September, the memory of the death of James Carney, also known as J. Guadeloupe Carney.  A Jesuit priest from Chicago, he came to Honduras to serve the poor.  While there and in neighboring Nicaragua, he became involved with the Sandinistas, becoming something of a chaplain for a unit before having a falling out with the commander.  The circumstances of his death, like the exact date, are unclear; he may have been executed by the Honduran government or its representatives.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 1 September, of interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Marie Fitzbach.

Tuesday 2 September, of interest to the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Martyrs of the September Massacres, among them the following fifteen Bretons:  Joseph Becavin, Louis-Laurent Gaultier, Claude-Antoine-Raoul Laporte, Mathurin-Nicolas de la Villecrohain le Bous de Villeneuve, Charles-Francois le Gue, Vincent-Joseph le Rousseau de Rosencoat, Henri-August Luzeau de la Mulonniere, Rene-Julien Massey, Francois-Hyacinth le Livec de Tresurin, Rene-Marie Andrieux, Jean-Charles-Marie Bernard du Cornillet, Yves-Andre Guillon de Keranrun, Yves-Jean-Pierre Rey de Kervisic, Rene-Joseph Urvoy, and Nicolas-Marie Verron.  They were beatified in 1926.

Also 2 September, also of interest to the Breton, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Pauline-Louise Pinczon du Sel.  From Rennes, she was a sister and founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Grace of Saint Thomas of Villanova.  Her cause was opened in 1891 and I am not sure if she was formally declared Venerable or if she is unofficially referred to with the title.

Also 2 September, of interest in Canada, the memorial of Blessed Andre Grasset de Saint-Sauveur of the Blessed Martyrs of the September Massacres.

Also 2 September, of interest in Haiti, the memorial of Blessed Jacques-Jules Bonnaud of the Blessed Martyrs of the September Massacres.

Wednesday 3 September, in 1942 on the Solomon Islands, the death of Arthur Duhamel.  A priest with the Society of Mary from Massachusetts, he was serving as a missionary in the Solomon Islands during the Japanese invasion, when he was killed.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 3 September, of interest to the Breton, in 1991 in Cameroon, the death of Yves-Joseph-Marie Plumey.  A priest from Vannes with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he went on to become the first Bishop and Archbishop of Garoua, Cameroon.  Considered a saintly man, there have also been rumors he was assassinated.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 3 September, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Blessed Bartolome Guiterrez Rodriguez.

Thursday 4 September, the memorial of the Blessed Dina Belanger, in religion Marie of Saint Cecelia of Rome.  A nun, musician and mystic from Quebec, she is properly a Canadian Blessed.  She did, however, spend some years in New York before she entered the convent, mostly studying music.  She was beatified in 1993.

Also 4 September, in 1967 in Vietnam, the repose of the Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno.  A Maryknoll priest and chaplain, he died under fire in Vietnam in an action for which he would also receive posthumously the Medal of Honor.  The cause for his beatification — on his heroic virtues, not as a martyr — formally opened in 2007.

Also 4 September, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Blessed Jose Pascual Carda Saporta, of the Blessed Martyrs of Spain.

Friday 5 September, in 2012 in Hanceville, Alabama, the repose of Mary Francis Sharbel.  A religious with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration originally from Tennessee, she was renowned for her personal holiness.  It is too early to consider a cause, though there is some indication a cause is being contemplated.

Saturday 6 September, I have nothing.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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