8 to 14 February 2015

The round up for 8 to 14 February 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 8 February, in 1940 in Garrison, New York, the repose of the Servant of God Lewis Thomas Wattson.  Born Episcopal in Maryland, he founded an order of Anglican Franciscans, eventually leading them into the Catholic Church, where they are today known as the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement (or the Graymoor Friars).  His cause is fairly new, but has the support of Cardinal Dolan.

Also 8 February, in 2000 in Los Angeles, the repose of the Servant of God Ida Peterfy.  Born in Slovakia, then Hungary, she founded the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart, an educational order.  Under the Nazis, she hid Jews.  Under the Soviets, she hid her order, pretending it was a school for secretaries.  In 1956 she came to America, bringing her order with her.  Her cause is fairly new.

Also 8 February, in 1830 in Danville, Pennsylvania, the repose of Jeremiah Francis O’Flynn.  A colorful Irish priest and one time Trappist, he was, among other things, the first priest to minister in Australia, serving the Irish who had been exiled there by the British.  When he came to America he founded the Silver Lake Mission, a Catholic mission on the New York-Pennsylvania border.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 8 February, of interest to the Breton, in 1945 in Germany, the martyrdom of Eugene Lemoine.  A layman from Brittany with the Young Christian Workers, he was among those deported by the Nazis to Germany for the Obligatory Labor Service (STO.)  He and forty-nine others are in the collective cause for martyrdom with the STO, which opened in 1992.

Monday 9 February, in 1571 in Virginia, the memory of the martyrdom of the Servants of God the Virginia Martyrs, the Servants of God Luis de Quiros, Gabriel de Solis, Juan Bautista Mendez, Juan Bautista de Segura, Gabriel Gomez, Sancho Zeballos, Pedro Mingot Linares, and Cristobal Redondo.  Spaniards, Jesuits and novices, they were slaughtered by Algonquins when the Algonquin leader reverted back to his pre-Christian ways.  They are the protomartyrs of Virginia, and their cause was officially opened in 2002.

Also 9 February, of particular interest in Ecuador, the feast of S Francisco Luis Febres Cordero Munoz.

Tuesday 10 February, in 1976 in Arizona, the repose of the Servant of God Paul Michael Murphy.  A layman associated with the Miles Jesu, he was one of the first members of this new movement, into which he took his vows in 1966.  His cause was officially opened in 2006.

Also 10 February, of interest to the Breton, in 1943 in Cologne the martyrdom of Clair-Marie.  Born Jean-Baptiste Legeay in Brittany, he was a religious with the Brothers of Christian Instruction of Ploermel.  He also helped the Resistance.  The Nazis beheaded him.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 10 February, of particular interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio.

Wednesday 11 February, in 1937 in Guadalajara, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Luisa Josefa of the Blessed Sacrament.  Having been born and having died in Mexico, she is generally considered a Mexican beata, though during the persecution in Mexico she was active in the Los Angeles area.  A widow, she founded the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.  She was declared Venerable in 2000.

Also 11 February, in 1943, the repose of Edward Aloysius Duff.  A priest born in Philadelphia, from 1935 to 1937 he served as the Chief of Navy Chaplains, the fifth in that position but the first Catholic.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 11 February, of particular interest in Chile, the feast of the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of Lourdes.  (In America it’s an optional memorial.)

Thursday 12 February, in 2005 in Brazil, the murder of Dorothy Stang.  A religious with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from Dayton, Ohio, she was serving the poor in Brazil, which brought her into conflict with the landowners seeking to lumber the area.  It is disputed whether the people who stood trial for her killing were the ones who actually ordered it.  I am aware of no cause for her canonization.

Also 12 February, in 1850 in Louisville, the repose of Benedict Joseph Flaget.  A French Sulpician, he was the first (and, curiously, also third) Bishop of Bardstown, today Louisville.  In his day, he was renowned for the work he put in establishing the American Church.  After his death, he was remembered for his personal holiness.  While his name was mentioned for canonization, I am not aware of a cause being formally opened.

Also 12 February, the death of Laure-Therese, fifth sovereign of Auracania and Patagonia.

Friday 13 February, in 1982 in Guatemala, the martyrdom of the Servant of God James Alfred Miller, known as Hermano Santiago.  A religious from Wisconsin with the De La Salle Brothers, he served eight years in Nicaragua before serving in Guatemala, where he was killed by gunmen as he repaired the school where he taught.  The diocesan phase of his cause — as a martyr — was closed in 2010.

Also 13 February, in 1888 in Santa Fe, the repose of Jean-Baptiste Lamy.  A French Bishop, he was first Bishop of Santa Fe, doing near superhuman work reorganizing a diocese that had been in disrepair for some years due to the neglect of the Mexican authorities and the turbulence of the Mexican-American hostilities.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 14 February, I have nothing.

Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, ora pro nobis.

S Miguel Febres Cordero, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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