2 to 8 November 2014

The round up for 2 to 8 November 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 2 November, in Maryland in 1887, the repose of Johannes Bapst.  A Swiss Jesuit, he came to America and served primarily in New England during the middle of the nineteenth century.  He is most associated with an incident that occurred in Maine in 1854.  He had angered the local Know Nothings — who were, among other things, violently anti-Catholic — for his educational work, and especially for his attempts to stop the local educational authorities from forcing Catholic schoolkids to study from Protestant Bibles.  Eventually, he was tarred and feathered and left for dead by a Nativist mob.  He survived the ordeal and the outrage angered people across New England.  He would go on to recover and head up all the Jesuit houses in this part of the world, but it is said, as he aged and his mind weakened, he would continue to be terrorized by that night.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 2 November, in 1922 in New York, the repose of Mary Walsh.  An Irish domestic living in the slums of New York, she would found the Dominican Sisters for the Sick Poor, devoted to serving the poor in New York City.  (Today they are known as the Dominican Home Health Agency and are based out of Denver.)  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 2 November, in 1996 in Scranton, the repose of Joseph Carroll McCormick.  Fifth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, serving from 1960 to 1966, he was present at the Second Vatican Council.  In 1966 he was moved to become Bishop of Scranton, so far the only Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown not to die or retire in this see.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 3 November, of primary interest in Peru, the feast of S Martin de Porres.

Tuesday 4 November, in 1775 in San Diego, the killing of Fray Luis.  A Franciscan priest from Spain, protomartyr of California, he was beaten to death at the instigation of the shamen among the tribe he was serving.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 4 November, in 1834 at Saint Augustine, Texas, the killing of Antonio Diaz de Leon.  A Franciscan priest, he was shot in the night while traveling, suspected of having been martyred by one of the anti-Catholic immigrants from the United States.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 4 November, of interest to the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Francoise d’Amboise.  In the fifteenth century, she was engaged to the future Duke of Brittany as a child and married as an adolescent, though he was to become duke only unexpectedly when his older brother died.  After her husband’s death, the King of France tried to pressure her, for political reasons, to marry him.  She refused, instead entering the Carmel in Nantes.  Her cult was confirmed in 1863.

Also 4 November, also of interest to the Breton, the repose of Catherine Danielou.  A seventeenth century laywoman from Quimper, wife, stimatist and mystic, she is associated with the religious revival in Brittany at that time.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Wednesday 5 November, also of interest to the Breton, the repose in Papua New Guinea in 1953 of the Venerable Servant of God Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu.  Born in Brittany, he was a professed priest with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, which would take him to the South Pacific.  There, among other things, he was to become second Vicar Apostolic of Papua New Guinea, today the Archdiocese of Port Moresby.  Honored for his personal holiness, he was officially declared Venerable in April.

Also 5 November, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of the election of S Tikhon, missionary in America and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Thursday 6 November, of particular interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jerome le Royer de la Dauversiene.

Friday 7 November, of particular interest in Argentine, the feast of Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Grace.

Also 7 November, of interest in Peru, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Nicolas Ayllon.

Saturday 8 November, I have nothing.

Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Grace, ora pro nobis.

S Martin de Porres, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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