15 to 21 February 2015

The round up for 15 to 21 February 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 15 February, I have nothing.

Monday 16 February, in 1926 in New Jersey, the repose of the Servant of God Jan Cieplak.  Born in Poland, he was suspected by the Tsar’s government, but even more so by the Soviets.  The highest ranking Catholic in the Soviet Union, he was repeatedly arrested and subjected to a show trial, though international pressure led to his exile in the United States, where he died en route to his new assignment as Archbishop of Vilnius.  The cause for his beatification has been open since the sixties.

Also 16 February, in 1923 in Milwaukee, the repose of the Servant of God Stephen Eckert.  A Capuchin priest born in Canada, he is best known for his ministry among the African-Americans of the turn of the century.  The diocesan phase of his cause was closed in the eighties.

Also 16 February, the repose in 1953 of Franciszek Hodur, founder of the Polish National Catholic Church.  (There is, of course, no cause for his canonization.)

Also 16 February, of interest in Argentina, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Camila Rolon.

Tuesday 17 February, in 2013 in Zanzibar, the killing of Evaristus Mushi.  Though he studied in America and served in a parish in Florida for some years, this African priest was killed after returning to his homeland, ambushed by gunmen on a motorcycle in the early morning hours.  I am not aware of interest in his canonization, nor if his killers were ever found.

Wednesday 18 February, I have nothing.

Thursday 19 February, in 1858 in Iowa, the repose of the Servant of God Mathias Loras.  From France, first Bishop of Dubuque, he was respected for his personal holiness and his work building the Church in the American Midwest.  The cause for his canonization seems to have been stagnant for many years, though it remains open.

Friday 20 February, in 1715 in Wisconsin, the memory of the death of Leonard Vatier.  A Franciscan priest, he was captured by Native Americans in Wisconsin and is believed to have been martyred by Fox Indians about seven years later, though details of his life and death are sketchy.

Saturday 21 February, in 1952 in China, the repose of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford.  A Maryknoll priest from Brooklyn, he was one of the early missionaries in China, arriving in 1918.  Eventually, he would become Bishop.  Captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Communist Chinese, he is widely regarded as a martyr.  His cause has been open (as a martyr) for some years.

Also 21 February, in 1639 in New Mexico, the report of the killing of Diego de San Lucas.  (The date of his death is unknown to me.)  A Franciscan priest from Spain, he was serving with the Pueblo people when he was killed by arrows, perhaps in an Apache raid.  The details of his killing are vague, and I am aware of no cause for his canonization.

Also 21 February, in 1860 in Nashville, the repose of Richard Pius Miles.  Born in Maryland, he was a Dominican priest and Bishop.  First Bishop of Nashville, he was remembered for personal holiness and for his work establishing the Church in the American South.  Though he was considered saintly, I am not aware of a formal cause for his canonization.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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