The round up for 7 to 13 December 2014.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 7 December, in 1647 on Saint Mark Island in Florida, the deaths of three Franciscan priests, even the names of whom have not survived. They, along with a number of other Spaniards, were killed by Apalaches during an uprising. I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.
Monday 8 December, the feast of Mary as the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.
Also 8 December, in 1984 in the Bronx, the repose of the Servant of God Walter Ciszek. A Jesuit priest from Pennsylvania, he spent many years in the Gulag and in Siberia, ministering to people in the Soviet Union, before being released as part of a prisoner swap. The diocesan phase of his cause is complete.
Also 8 December, in 2001 in New Mexico, the killing of Michael Mack. A Dominican priest from Wisconsin who had just decided to transfer to the Servants of the Paraclete, he was killed in what was claimed to be a robbery gone bad. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 8 December, in 1869 in East Boston, the repose of Patrick Joseph Power. A secular priest from Ireland, he died young, but is notable for the fact his grave has — for reasons not entirely clear — become a pilgrimage site associated with miraculous healings. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 8 December, in 1887, the repose of Boniface Wimmer. A Benedictine priest from Bavaria, among other things he founded St Vincent’s Archabbey, the first Benedictine establishment in America and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 8 December, of interest to the Sufi, the repose in 1986 in Philadelphia of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Tamil mystic and the only Sufi saint to have a mazar in America.
Also 8 December, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Attiio Giordani.
Tuesday 9 December, in 1979 in New York, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen. A secular priest and Archbishop, he is best known for his media work. His heroic virtues were recognized in 2012.
Also 9 December, of particular interest in Mexico, the feast of S Juan Diego.
Wednesday 10 December, in Marseilles in 1853, the repose of the Servant of God Manuel Jose Mosquera y Arboleda. Born in Bolivia, Archbishop of Bogota, political issues in his native land led to the exile of first his brother and then himself. About nine of the sixteen months between the time he left Bolivia and his death were spent in New York. I understand a cause for his canonization was opened, but it has apparently long been dormant.
Also 10 December, in Bangkok in 1968, the repose of Louis, better known as Thomas Merton. A Trappist priest well known for his writings, he died at a conference on monasticism. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Thursday 11 December, in 1729 in Mississippi, the killing of Jean Souel. A Jesuit priest, he was ambushed by Yazoos on their way home from a massacre with the Natchez. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 11 December, of particular interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Rodolfo Komorek.
Friday 12 December, the feast of Mary as Our Lady of Guadeloupe, patroness of the Americas, celebrated all across them.
Also 12 December, in the Bronx, the repose of Avery Dulles. A convert, he came from one of America’s most prestigious families. A Jesuit priest, theologian and cardinal, he is remembered as a great mind. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 12 December, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Corentin. One of the seven founding saints of Brittany, he is associated with the Diocese of Quimper. I am not sure if his cult has been confirmed by the Vatican.
Saturday 13 December, I have nothing.
Mary, the Immaculate Conception, ora pro nobis.
Mary, Our Lady of Guadeloupe, ora pro nobis.
S Juan Diego, ora pro nobis.
S Corentin, ora pro nobis.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.