The round up for the week of 22 to 28 February 2015.
There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.
Sunday 22 February, in 1624 in Japan, the martyrdom of the Blessed Diogo Carvalho. A Portuguese Jesuit, in an attempt to reach Japan by way of the Americas he found himself shipwrecked in Puerto Rico. In a subsequent attempt, he reached Japan and martyrdom via the eastern route. He was beatified in 1867.
Also 22 February, in 1632 in New Mexico, the killing of Francisco Letrado. A Franciscan priest, he was murdered by the Hopi. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 22 February, in 1879 in Wisconsin, the repose of Dominic Martin Kundig. Born in Switzerland, he spent time as a Swiss Guard before immigrating to the U.S. and becoming a priest. He was a significant figured in nineteenth century Wisconsin. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Monday 23 February, in 1864 in Wisconsin, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Samuel Mazzuchelli. An Italian Dominican from a well-connected family, he chose to serve in the missions of the Midwest, where he was renowned for his Church-building. He was declared Venerable in 1993.
Also 23 February, in 1908 in Denver, the killing of the Servant of God Leo Heinrichs. A German Franciscan, he was shot at the altar by a man who said he had gone to the church to kill a priest. Despite the clear evidence of martyrdom and the immediate pursuit of his cause, his cause for canonization has not progressed in some time.
Also 23 February, in 1941 in Cincinnati, the repose of the Servant of God Blandina Segale. An Italian religious with the Sisters of Charity, she is known for her adventures in the Wild West. Her cause has only recently been opened.
Tuesday 24 February, in 1987 in Buffalo, the killing of A. Joseph Bissonette. A secular priest, he was killed in an apparent robbery gone bad. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 24 February, in 1563, the martyrdom of Francis, Duke of Guise.
Wednesday 25 February, of interest in Argentina, the memorial of the Blessed Maria Ludovica de Angelis.
Also 25 February, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio Prado.
Thursday 26 February, in 1882 in Charleston, South Carolina, the repose of Patrick Nelson Lynch. An Irish Bishop, he was the Confederacy’s representative to the Vatican. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 26 February, in 1968 in Vietnam, the death of Robert R. Brett. A Marist, he was the last Catholic chaplain so far to be killed in action. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 26 February, of interest in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the memorial of the Blessed Ciriaco Maria Sancha y Hervas.
Friday 27 February, in Florida in 1853, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Felix Varela y Morales. A secular priest, educator, writer, and activist from Cuba, he spent much of his career in exile in America due to his political activities. He was declared Venerable in 2012.
Also 27 February, in 1632 in Arizona, the killing of Martin de Arvide. A Franciscan priest and protomartyr of Arizona, he was pursued and killed by Hopi, probably to cover up the killing of his friend Francisco Letrado. I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.
Also 27 February, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Raphael of Brooklyn, Bishop of New York, establisher of the Antiochian Church in America, and a founder of the OCA.
Also 27 February, of interest in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama, the memorial of the Blessed Karolina Brader Zahner.
Saturday 28 February, in 1972 in Saigon, the repose of the Servant of God William Gagnon. A religious with the Hospitaller Brothers of Saint John of God, he was born in New Hampshire and raised in Canada, though he spent many years serving in Vietnam during and after the war. His cause has been in Rome since 2008.
(If this year had a 29 February) of interest in Mexico, the martyrdom of the Blessed Luis Magana Servin.
All the saints, orate pro nobis.
All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.