28 June to 4 July 2015

The round up for 28 June to 4 July 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 28 June, in 1633 in Arizona, the killing of Francisco Porras.  A Franciscan priest, he was poisoned by the indigenous religious authorities.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 June, of interest to the Breton, in 1944 in Paris, the killing of Corentin Cloarec.  A Franciscan priest from Brittany, he was involved in resistance to the Nazis from the very beginning of the war, until his assassination by the Gestapo in his friary in Paris.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 29 June, of interest in Venezuela, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jose Gregorjo Hernandez Cisneros.

Tuesday 30 June, in New York in 1853, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Pierre Toussaint.  A married layman originally from Haiti, he was born a slave but was eventually freed.  He learned a trade, using his income to help the poor as well as to remit other slaves, including his wife.  He was declared Venerable in 1996.

Also 30 June, though the date of her death is unknown, the memory of the repose of Juliette Toussaint.  Wife of Pierre Toussaint, she is remembered for her personal holiness and her cooperation with his charity.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Wednesday 1 July, the memorial in the United States of Blessed Junipero Serra.  (It is 28 August, the date of his death, outside the United States.)  A Franciscan priest from Majorca, he is remembered as one of the great missionaries of Hispanic America, establishing the California missions.  He will be canonized in September.

Also 1 July, of interest in Brazil, the memorial of the Blessed Assunta Marchetti.

Thursday 2 July, of interest to the Orthodox, the feast of S Juvenaly of Alaska, protomartyr of America, one of the first missionaries in Alaska.

Also 2 July, also of interest to the Orthodox, the death, glorification and main feast of S John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco, called the Wonderworker.

Friday 3 July, in 1959 in Uganda, the repose of the Servant of God Norbert.  A religious with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart born John McAuliffe in Manhattan, he served for many decades in Uganda.  His positio was presented to Rome in 1998.

Also 3 July, in 1613 in Maine, the killing of Gilbert du Thet.  A Jesuit brother, he and two priests were serving in the first Catholic mission in New England when they came under attack from British from Virginia.  He was killed and the priests were taken prisoner.  He would be remembered as the protomartyr of Maine if the raid wasn’t considered more political than religious and if not for the indications he materially aided in the defense of his mission, though he was the first Catholic religious violently killed in the northeast.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 3 July, the memory of the death in Virginia in 1697 of Christopher Plunkett.  I know he was a Capuchin priest from Ireland who had come to clandestinely serve the Catholic population in America, when he was caught and exiled to what he believed to be an island.  Otherwise, I know very little about him, including the exact date of his death in exile.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 4 July, in 1872 in San Francisco, the death of Francis Bassost.  A Capuchin priest from Spain, he was an elderly leader of the missions in Guatemala before the anti-clerical government that seized power there expelled all foreign priests.  He made it to America with his fellow exiles, but he died three days later from the stress of the expulsion.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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