4 to 10 January 2015

The round up for 4 to 10 January 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 4 January, the feast of S Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Mother, widow, convert, she was the first American woman saint and the first American-born saint, though when she was born (in 1774) the United States did not yet exist.  She was canonized in 1975.

Also 4 January, of interest in Chile, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maximiano Valdes Subercaseaux.

Monday 5 January, the feast of S John Neumann.  A priest with the Redemptorists, he was Bishop of Philadelphia when where I live was part of that diocese.  Indeed, this is the only saint to my knowledge to have visited the present Centre County.  He was canonized in 1977.

Also 5 January, of interest to the Breton, the repose of Gwenael Thomas.  A Trappist priest, he was martyred in Bergedorf, Germany, in 1945 by the National Socialists.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 6 January, the feast (outside of Canada) of S Andre Bessette, called Brother Andre.  A Holy Cross Brother, he is a Canadian saint by birth, death, and religious life, but he did work for a couple of years in the United States.  He was canonized in 2010.

Also 6 January, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose in 1876 of Sergius (Yanovsky).  He was a disciple of S Herman of Alaska, and has been proposed for glorification.

Wednesday 7 January, of interest in Canada, the feast of S Andre Bessette.

Thursday 8 January, in 1996 in Ghana, the murder of Patricia McAleese.  A Presentation Sister from Queens serving in Africa, she was killed on the beach in the night when she tried to protect a fellow sister from attackers.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 8 January, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Dulce Rodrigues dos Santos, in religion, Maria Teresa od the Eucharistic Jesus.

Friday 9 January, of interest to the Breton, the repose on 1820 in Paris of the Servant of God Pierre-Joseph Picot de Cloriviere.  A Jesuit priest, he founded the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary.  He is probably best known, though, for his role in the restoration of the Jesuit Order in France following the twin blows of the Revolution and the suppression of the Order.  His cause was opened long ago, but it seems to be dormant.

Also 9 January, also of interest to the Breton, the repose of Anne of Brittany, wife to two French Kings, and the last independent sovereign of Brittany.

Saturday 10 January, in 1955 in Washington, D.C.,, the repose of the Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick.  A laywoman, paralyzed early in life, she devoted her life to helping women in what we would today call crisis pregnancies.  Her group, the Christ Child Society, continues to fill that need today.  Her cause was formally opened in 2003 and remains active.

Also 10 January, in 2000, the repose of Mary Neuzil, known as Mary Ephrem.  Originally a sister with the Sisters of the Precious Blood of Jesus, she was the visionary who saw Mary as Our Lady of America.  After this she transferred to the Contemplative Sisters of the Indwelling Trinity, and I am not sure of her canonical status in later life.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 10 January, of interest in Argentina, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mamerto Esquiu.

Also 10 January, of interest in Mexico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Benoit-Felix Rougier Olanier.

Also 10 January, of interest in Peru, the memorial of the Blessed Ana Monteagudo Ponce de Leon.

Also 10 January, of interest in Cuba, the memorial of the Blessed Maria Dolores Rodriguez Sopena.

S Elizabeth Ann Seton, ora pro nobis.

S John Neumann, ora pro nobis.

S Andre Bessette, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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