The round up for 28 September to 4 October 2014.
Saturday 4 October will see the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich. A religious sister from New Jersey with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, she is remarkable for, among other things, being the first Eastern Rite American to be beatified, and for the fact this will be the first time the Rite of Beatification will occur in the United States.
Sunday 28 September, I have nothing.
Monday 29 September, in 1765 in Wisconsin, the martyrdom of two Jesuit priests whose names have been lost. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Tuesday 30 September, in 1613 in Maine, the memory of the repose of Gilbert du Thet. The exact date of his death is unclear. A Jesuit brother, he died following a British raid on the Native American village where he was ministering. He is not typically considered a martyr, as there is some indication he may have been assisting in some capacity with the defense of the village. Were he to be considered a martyr, he would be Maine’s protomartyr. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 30 September, of interest to the Breton, the memorial of Blessed Charles of Blois. A Third Order Franciscan and Duke of Brittany, he was the French-allied claimant of the Breton throne during the War of Succession, opposing the British-backed Montforts. Not a great military mind, perhaps, but undoubtedly a pious man. He was acclaimed a saint soon after his death, but his cult was suppressed at the request of the by-then-victorious Montfort faction. His cult was (re)confirmed in 1904.
Wednesday 1 October, I have nothing.
Thursday 2 October, in 1709 in Paris, of interest to the Breton, the repose of the Servant of God Claude-Francois Poullart des Places. A priest from Rennes, he founded the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. His cause went to Rome in 2005 and was recognized as valid three years later, but he has not yet been named Venerable.
Friday 3 October, the feast of S Mother Theodore Guerin. A Breton sister, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, she answered the call of her fellow Breton the Servant of God Bishop Simon Brute, bringing some of the nuns of her order to the New World. They would eventually settle in Indiana, where they remain to this day. She was canonized in 2006.
Saturday 4 October, in 1944 in New York, the repose of Al Smith. Governor of New York, he was the first Catholic to run for President with the nomination of a major party. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, and his accomplishment has largely been overshadowed by Kennedy’s success.
S Mother Theodore, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.