19 to 25 April 2015

The round up for 19 to 25 April 2015.

Tuesday 21 April will see the first beatification of the year, that of Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, a Canadian religious and foundress.

Sunday 19 April, in 1542 in Pecos, New Mexico, the killing of Luis Descalona de Ubeda.  (The spelling varies widely in the sources.)  One of the protomartyrs of New Mexico, he was one of the Franciscans (a brother) who accompanied Coronado in his expedition.  He stayed behind with the Native Americans there, who killed him at the instigation of their local religious authorities.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 19 April, the death of Christina of Sweden, who abdicated her throne to be received into the Catholic Church.

Monday 20 April, in 1687 in Wisconsin, the killing of Louis Le Boesme.  A Jesuit lay brother from France, he was killed by the Winnebagoes amongst whom he was working.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 20 April, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of S Nikolai Velimorvic in Serbia and Russia, commemorating the anniversary of the translation of his relics.  He was a refugee and teacher in the United States from 1946 to 1956.

Tuesday 21 April, in 1853 in Cincinnati, the repose of Stephen Badin.  Born in France, after fleeing the Revolution he was the first man to be ordained a priest in the United States, receiving his ordination in 1793.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 21 April, in 1875 in Santa Fe, the repose of Jose Manuel Gallegos.  A Mexican priest who found himself in America when the boundaries were redrawn, he was suspended from his clerical duties but was elected a nonvoting delegate from New Mexico to Congress.  This makes him technically the first priest to serve in the United States Congress, despite not at that point functioning as a priest.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 21 April, in 1936 in Altoona, the repose of John McCort.  From 1920 to 1936 he served as the second Bishop of Altoona (today Altoona-Johnstown).  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 21 April, of interest to the Breton, in 1142 the repose of Peter Abelard.  One of the greatest philosophers of his day, this son of Brittany would likely be better known as a thinker today were he not overshadowed by his contemporary S Bernard.  As it is, he is best known for his personal scandals now.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 22 April, of interest to the Breton, the repose in 1938 in China of Frederic Fourre.  A Franciscan priest from Brittany, he was killed probably by the Japanese occupation while trying to protect the mission where he worked, alongside three Chinese nuns, two novices, and two laypersons.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Thursday 23 April, in 1973 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the repose of the Servant of God Maria Soledad.  A religious with the Servants of Mary, Ministers of the Sick, she served many years in her native Puerto Rico, where she was remembered for her personal holiness.  The diocesan portion of her cause closed in 2009.

Also 23 April, in 1708 in Alabama, the killing of Jacques Gravier.  Protomartyr of Alabama, this French Jesuit was serving among the Peoria when he was attacked and shot with arrows.  Despite seeking treatment in America and Europe, one of the wounds never healed and eventually, three years later, caused his death.  By this time, he had returned to the mission fields.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 24 April, in 1929 in China, the killing of Walter of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, Clement of Saint Michael, and Godfrey of Jesus.  Three Passionist priests from America, they were ministering in China during the turbulent years before the Second World War and were killed by Communists, becoming America’s first martyrs outside the United States.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 24 April, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Benedetto.  An Italian priest with the Hospitallers of Saint John of God, he was essentially in exile due to disputes within his order when he died while visiting a house in Brittany.  His reputation has been more than redeemed, however, and he was canonized in 1999.

Also 24 April, of particular interest in Guatemala, the feast of S Pedro Betancur Garcia.  (His repose is 25 April.)

Saturday 25 April, of interest in Mexico, the memorial of the Blessed Martyrs of San Joaquin:  Jose Trinidad Rangel Montana and Andres Sola Molist.

S Benedetto, ora pro nobis.

S Pedro Betancur, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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