14 to 20 September 2014

The round up for 14 to 20 September 2014.

Saturday 20 September will be the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Giovannina Franchi.  A nineteenth century sister in Italy, she founded the Nursing Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Sunday 14 September, in 1597 in Florida, the death of Juan de Silva.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed in the St Augustine region during a Native American uprising.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 14 September, in 1977 in the Bronx, the repose of George J. Willmann.  A Jesuit priest noted for his service to the Church in the Philippines, he is credited with bringing the Knights of Columbus to that country.  There is currently a push to open his cause for beatification which, if it is not open yet, seems immanent.

Also 14 September, of interest to the Breton, the repose in Rennes in 1636 of the Servant of God Jean of Saint Samson.  A Carmelite of the Ancient Observance, a reformer and a mystic, he was blind almost all his life, an accomplished musician, and a writer on the mystic life.  Despite living in the seventeenth century, his cause was officially opened in 2002.

Monday 15 September, in 1968 in the Rhineland, the repose of the Servant of God Joseph Kentenich.  He was a priest who was born and died in Germany, and is properly speaking a German Servant of God, but he does have an interesting connection with America.  Having founded the Schonstatt movement, he met with some opposition from the German Bishops, resulting in a sort of exile in America where he was ordered not to lead his movement.  He was silently obedient to this commandment while it lasted.  His cause was first opened in 1975.

Also 15 September, of interest in Mexico, the martyrdom of the Blesseds Juan Bautista and Jacinto de Los Angeles, the Martyrs of Oaxaca.

Tuesday 16 September, the death of King James II, the last Catholic king of the United Kingdom before he was deposed, living out the remainder of his life in France.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 17 September, the death of Orelie-Antoine de Tounens, the first king of Araucania and Patagonia.  There is no cause for his canonization.

Thursday 18 September, in Minnesota in 1994, the death of the Servant of God Rossella Petrellese.  A layperson from Italy, she was only in America seeking medical treatment when she died, and so is not really an American saint.  She is renowned for her personal holiness and for her heroic forbearance during her illness.  The diocesan portion of her cause closed last year.

Also 18 September, in 1540 in Flanders, the repose of Juan de Witte Hoos, though the name is spelt a variety of ways.  A Dominican priest, he was the first Bishop of Baracoa, today Santiago de Cuba.  At that time this diocese included Louisiana and Florida, and so he was the first Bishop of currently American land.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 18 September, of particular interest in Peru, the feast of S Juan Macias.

Friday 19 September, in 1680 in Illinois, the repose of Gabriel de la Ribourde.  A priest of the Recollect Franciscans, he was abducted and killed by Native Americans when he got separated from his traveling companions.  He is considered the protomartyr of Illinois, though I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 19 September, of particular interest in Uruguay, the martyrdom of the Blesseds Maria Dolores Aguiar-Mella Diaz, Consuela Aguiar-Mella Diaz, and Maria de la Yglesia de Varo of Jesus.  These were among the Martyrs of the Escolapias in Spain, but have connections to Uruguay.

Also 19 September, of particular interest in Mexico, the feast of S Jose Maria de Yermo Parres.  Though the twentieth is the anniversary of his death, his optional memorial is on the nineteenth.

Saturday 20 September, in Illinois in 1918, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mary Theresa Dudzik.  A religious from Poland, one of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, she was declared Venerable in 1994 and the medical board reviewed a potential beatification miracle in 2009, so she could conceivably be on the path to beatification any time now.

Also 20 September, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of S Anatole (Kamensky) of Irkutsk.  He was a missionary in America from 1895 to 1903.

S Juan Macias, ora pro nobis.

S Jose Maria de Yermo Parres, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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