30 November to 6 December 2014

The round up for 30 November to 6 December 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 30 November, in 1544 in Kansas, the killing of Juan de Padilla.  Protomartyr of the United States, he was a Franciscan priest and one of the first Europeans to penetrate into the American southwest.  The circumstances of his death are not really disputed — he had been ministering with success in one tribe, but when he left to take the Gospel to another tribe, the tribe he was leaving jealously ran him down and killed him lest he bring the Truth to their enemies — the exact location is.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 30 November, the memory of the repose of Juan Jose Padilla.  He is sometimes mistaken for Juan de Padilla, but Juan Jose was another Franciscan priest who worked in New Mexico.  The day of his death is uncertain, though it was probably in 1743, and he likely died peacefully, but his claim to fame is in the fact his coffin is said to have refused to remain buried, having exhumed itself a couple of times.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 30 November, of particular interest in Cuba, the memorial of the Blessed Jose Lopez Piteira.

Monday 1 December, of particular interest to the Breton, the feast of S Tudwal.  One of the Seven Founders of Brittany, he was probably born in Wales, though he is sometimes called the son of a Breton prince who went to Bretagne Insular to learn about the Faith.  Another legend says he was actually named Pope when he traveled through Rome, though it is somewhat unlikely.  I am not sure if his cult has been confirmed by Rome.

Also 1 December, though his death was in March, of particular interest in Martinique, the memorial of the Venerable Servant of God Leon Papin-DuPont.

Tuesday 2 December, in 1980 in El Salvador, the martyrdom of the four churchwomen, Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford, Jean Donovan and Maura Clarke.  All four Americans — two Maryknollers, one Ursuline, and one laywoman — all were murdered by forces aligned with the government of El Salvador for their work with the poor.  I am not aware of a formal cause for their canonization.

Wednesday 3 December, in 1815 in Baltimore, the repose of John Carroll.  A Jesuit until the order was suppressed, he then returned to his native America where he helped build the Church in his newly established homeland, becoming America’s first Bishop and Archbishop.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 4 December, in 1623 in Tokyo, the martyrdom of Blessed Jerome of the Angels.  A Jesuit priest from Italy, he was shipwrecked on Puerto Rico on his first attempt to reach Asia, and took the opportunity to explore the island.  He was beatified in 1867.

Also 4 December, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of the glorification of S Alexander Hotovitzky.  A missionary in American from 1895 to 1914, he was martyred by the Bolsheviks in 1937.

Friday 5 December, of interest to the Breton, in 1942 in Brandenburg, the martyrdom of Marc.  A Dominican priest from Brittany, he was beheaded by the Nazis for opposing their policies.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 5 December, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Venerable Servant of God Juan Prospero Fromental Cayroche.

Saturday 6 December, in 2004 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God Fernando Rielo Pardal.  A layman from Spain, he was a poet, a philosopher, and the founder of the Idente Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer.  His cause is in the very early stage.

S Tudwal, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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