18 to 24 January 2015

The round up for 18 to 24 January 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 18 January, in 1945, the death of Walter Thomas Cummings.  A Maryknoll priest from San Francisco, he was serving as a chaplain in the Second World War and died in the custody of the Japanese on a POW ship.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 18 January, in 1959 in Atlanta, the repose of M. Loretta Dorothy.  A girl from Kentucky — she was only thirteen when she died — she spent most of her short life in a hospital run by the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne.  She wanted to enter the order before she died, and she was permitted.  She was renowned for her personal holiness, especially in the face of the disease, but I am not aware of an official cause for her canonization.

Also 18 January, of interest in Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Emilia Chapellin Isturiz.

Monday 19 January, in 1868 in Michigan, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Frederic Baraga.  Born in Slovenia, he was a priest and Bishop in America.  He was the first Bishop of Marquette, remembered for the zeal with which he established the Church in the American Midwest.  He was declared Venerable in 2012.

Also 19 January, in 1847 in Mexico, the repose of Anthony Rey.  Born in France, he was one of the two first American Catholic chaplains, hired for the Mexican-American War due to (1) perceptions in the ranks of anti-Catholic sentiment that led to large numbers of desertions during the War Between the States, and (2) the fear the perception of a war by a Protestant America against a Catholic Mexico would lead to American Catholics (and world Catholics) siding against the American government.  Despite army warnings, Father Anthony chose not to stay with the troops, ministering among the Mexican people as well.  It was while doing so he was killed, two months before his fortieth birthday, the first Catholic chaplain to die in the service of the American government.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 19 January, in 1902 in Washington, the repose of Esther Pariseau, better known as Mother Joseph.  A religious with the Sisters of Providence, she is known as a church builder not only for the many church and church-related buildings for which she was responsible, but for the literal fact she was the architect who designed some of them.  She is one of the few Catholics to have a statue in the Capital, though so far as I know she has no official cause for canonization.

Tuesday 20 January, I have nothing.

Wednesday 21 January, in 1984 in Germantown, New York, the repose of the Servant of God Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory.  Born in Ireland, she was a Carmelite sister.  She founded the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, dedicated specifically to that ministry.  She was declared Venerable in 2012.

Also 21 January, the execution of King Louis XVI of France during the Revolution.

Thursday 22 January, in 1880 in Slovenia, the repose of Francis Xavier Pierz.  A missionary companion of the Venerable Servant of God Frederic Baraga, Father Francis is less remembered as his health did not hold out as well as the Bishop’s.  Father Francis returned to Slovenia in his older years, where neither his body nor his mind held as well, and died forgotten by the world.  So far as I know, there is no cause for his canonization.

Also 22 January, of interest in Argentina and Chile, the memorial of the Blessed Laura Vicuna.

Also 22 January, of interest in Mexico, the feast of S Philip of Jesus, of the Japanese Martyrs.  (His feast is 6 February elsewhere.)

Friday 23 January, the feast of S Marianne Cope.  Born in Germany, she served many years as a Franciscan sister in New York before answering S Damien the Leper’s call for a group of sisters to minister to the lepers in Hawaii.  She arrived at the end of his life, and helped establish the ministry after his death.  She was canonized in 2012 and her feast is her birthday.

Also 23 January, in 1675 in New Mexico, the killing of Alonso Gil de Avila.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed in an Apache raid on the Hopi pueblo where he was ministering.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 24 January, in 2008 in Iowa, the repose of Dorothy Marie Hennessey.  A Franciscan sister, she is remembered as an activist from a family of activists.  She — along with her brother, a priest, and her sister, also a religious — was active in protests against the School of the Americas and American policy in Latin America, activities for which she served time in prison.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 24 January, of interest in Argentina, the feast of Our Lady as Queen of Peace.

Mary, Queen of Peace, ora pro nobis.

S Philip of Jesus, ora pro nobis.

S Marianne of Molokoi, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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