12 to 18 April 2015

The round up for 12 to 18 April 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 12 April, of interest to the Breton, in 1945 in the Czech Republic, the death of the Servant of God Maurice-Philippe Bouchard.  A layman from Nantes with the Scouts of France, he had been deported by the Nazis for forced labor and died in transit.  He is one of the fifty martyrs of the STO, whose cause was opened in 1992.

Also 12 April, also of interest to the Breton, also in 1945, in Austria, the death of the Servant of God Roger, born Paul Le Ber in Finistere.  He was a Franciscan Friar Minor, also deported by the Nazis for forced labor.  He is also among the fifty martyrs of the STO.

Monday 13 April, I have nothing.

Tuesday 14 April, in 1936 in New York, the repose of the Servant of God James Anthony Walsh.  A priest and co-founder of the Maryknoll Missionaries, though he never made it to the missions himself, he headed up the organization from America and was named Bishop.  His cause was officially opened in 2011.

Also 14 April, in 2006 in Buffalo, New York, the killing of Karen Klimczak.  A religious with the Sisters of Saint Joseph, she was involved in work with the marginalized and especially with those transitioning out of prison.  It was one of those who killed her.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 14 April, in 2007, the repose of Audrey Marie Santo.  A child, she is believed by some to have been a victim soul and capable of intercession both before her death and after it.  While her case is well known and there is some interest in a cause, so far as I know no official cause for her canonization has been opened.

Wednesday 15 April, in 1893 in Leon, Spain, the repose of the Servant of God Maria Adelaida of Saint Teresa.  Born in New York City, she was a religious with the Discalced Carmelites, serving for a long time as the head of her house in Spain.  The diocesan phase of her cause closed in 1984.

Also 15 April, of interest in Nicaragua, the anniversary of the appearance of Mary in 1980 as Our Lady of Cuapa.

Thursday 16 April, in 1966 in San Jose, Puerto Rico, the repose of the Servant of God Ninfas Victorino.  A brother from France with the De La Salle Brothers, he spent many years teaching in Puerto Rico, where he is remembered for his personal holiness.  The diocesan phase of his cause closed in 2005.

Also 16 April, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Padarn.  Bishop of Vannes and one of the Seven Founders of Brittany, he is unique in that group as being Armorican himself.  I am not aware of Rome ever confirming his cult.

Friday 17 April, in 1940 in Chicago, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Kaupas.  Born in Lithuania, she first came to America to help her brother, a priest ministering to Eastern European Catholics, and returned to found the Sisters of Saint Casimir, an order serving the poor and particularly the poor among Eastern European Catholics.  She was declared Venerable in 2010.

Also 17 April, of interest in Canada (and the rest of the world outside the United States), the feast of S Kateri Tekakwitha.

Saturday 18 April, in 1879 in Sussex, England, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Cornelia Connelly.  Born in Philadelphia, she was married to a Protestant minister and the mother of several children when they were converted to the Church.  After a few years, when he did not feel he was getting the promotions he deserved, her husband left the Church again.  Cornelia, however, stayed Catholic, becoming a religious and founding the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.  She was declared Venerable in 1992.

Also 18 April, in 1721 in Rockdale, Texas, the killing of Jose Pita.  A Franciscan brother, he was killed by Apaches while out hunting.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 18 April, of interest in Canada, the optional memorial (her repose was 2 January) of the Blessed Esther Blondin.

Mary, Our Lady of Cuapa, ora pro nobis.

S Padarn of Vannes, ora pro nobis.

S Kateri Tekakwitha, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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