22 to 28 March 2015

The round up for 22 to 28 March 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 22 March, of interest to the Breton, the repose in Vannes in 1693 of Vincent Huby.  A Jesuit priest, associated with the seventeenth century religious revival in Brittany, he is remembered for being the first priest known to have used picture boards as a way of evangelizing to the largely illiterate peasants in the area.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 23 March, in 2003 in Iraq, the death of Lori Ann Piestewa.  A Catholic Hopi killed on the road to Baghdad during the Iraq War, she was the first Native American woman to die in service of the United States and the first American woman killed in the Iraq War.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 23 March, of interest to the Breton, in Vannes in 1689 the repose of the Servant of God Catherine de Francheville.  Foundress of the Sisters of the Retreat, she is best known for bringing the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises into wide use in Brittany during the seventeenth century spiritual revival there.  Her cause was opened in the early twentieth century but seems not to be active.

Also 23 March, of particular interest in Peru, the feast of S Turibius of Mongrovejo.

Tuesday 24 March, in 1994 in Florida, the repose of the Servant of God Juan Jose McKniff.  Born in Pennsylvania, an Augustinian priest, he is best known for the decades of work he put in as a missionary in Cuba and through Latin America.  (His cause is being handled by his diocese in Peru.)  The diocesan phase of his cause closed in 2004.

Also 24 March, of interest in Venezuela, the anniversary of the appearance of Mary as Our Lady of Betania.

Also 24 March, of particular interest in El Salvador, the martyrdom of Oscar Romero, whose beatification will be celebrated in May.

Wednesday 25 March, in 1736 in Mississippi, the killings of Antoine Senat and twenty companions.  Senat was a Jesuit priest, chaplain to the twenty French soldiers taken as prisoners of war by the Chicksaw and subsequently burned to death.  The names of the thirteen enlisted men massacred are lost to history, but the seven officers were named Pierre D’Artiquette, Francois Marie Bissot de Vincennes, Louis D’Ailebout de Coulonge, Louis Charles du Tisne, Francois Mariauchau D’Esgly, Pierre Antoine de Tonty, and Louis Groston de St. Agne.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 25 March, in 1558 in Mexico City, the repose of Marcos de Niza.  A Franciscan priest born in what is today Nice, France, he was an explorer and the first priest known to have penetrated the American Southwest.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 25 March, in 1931 in Honolulu, the repose of Joseph Dutton.  Born in Vermont, he served in the War Between the States.  After the war, he devoted the rest of his life to repentance.  He traveled to Hawaii to serve the lepers alongside S Damien, converted to the Church and became a secular Franciscan.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 26 March and Friday 27 March, I have nothing.

Saturday 28 March, of interest to the Breton, the memorial of the Blessed Jeanne-Marie de Maille.  A noblewoman and widow, she was a secular Franciscan.  While not Breton herself, she is said to have received a vision of S Yves of Kermartin.  Her cult was confirmed in 1871.

Mary, Our Lady of Betania, ora pro nobis.

S Turibius of Mongrovejo, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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