3 to 9 May 2015

The round up for the week of 3 to 9 May 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 3 May, of interest to the Breton, in 1685 in Vannes, the repose of Louis Eudo de Kerlivio.  A secular priest, he helped Vincent Huby in the establishment of the Houses of Retreat in Brittany.  He was Vicar General of Vannes and pioneered hospitals there.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 4 May, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Vasily Martysz.  A missionary in America from 1900 to 1912, this priest also helped establish the Polish Orthodox Church.  He was martyred by brigands at the end of World War II.

Also 4 May, of interest in Canada, the memorial of the Blessed Alodie-Virginie Paradis.

Tuesday 5 May, in 2001 in Guatemala City, the killing of Barbara Ann Ford.  A religious with the Sisters of Charity of New York, she had been working as a nurse with the poor of Guatemala when she was shot.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 5 May, of interest to the Breton, in 1652 in Finistere, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Michel le Nobletz.  A secular priest, he was the first and among the most active of the priests in the Counterreformation in Brittany.  He is particularly associated with the use of picture boards to help teach the largely illiterate population.  He was declared Venerable in 1913.

Wednesday 6 May, the feast of S Francois de Montmorency-Laval.  Born in France, he was the first Bishop of Quebec, and hence of the New World north of Mexico, and so, while considered a Canadian saint, he was Bishop of much of the present-day United States as well.  He was canonized in 2014.

Also 6 May, in 1840 in Loretto, Pennsylvania, the repose of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin.  Born in the Netherlands, he was a Russian prince who sacrificed his wealth and titles to become a priest.  He was the first priest to receive all his training in the United States, serving for years around the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio area.  His Positio is being written.

Thursday 7 May, of interest to the Orthodox, the repose and feast of S Alexis Toth.  An Eastern Rite Catholic, finding himself unwelcome in the predominantly-Latin America, he joined the Orthodox Church and helped found the OCA.

Also 7 May, of interest in Brazil, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Conchita Farani.

Friday 8 May, in 1927 in New Jersey, the repose of Blessed Miriam Teresa.  Born in 1901 in New Jersey, she was baptized in the Ruthenian Rite, though she convent where she would live with the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth was Latin Rite.  She was beatified in 2014, the first time a beatification had been held in the United States.

Also 8 May, of interest in Canada, the memorial of Blessed Marie-Catherine Simon de Longpre.

Also 8 May, of interest in Argentina, the memorial of Mary under the title of Our Lady of Lujan.

Saturday 9 May, of interest in Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Carmen Elena Rendiles Martinez.

Mary, Our Lady of Lujan, ora pro nobis.

S Francis Laval, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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