24 to 30 May 2015

The round up for 24 to 30 May 2015.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 24 May, in 1665, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria of Agreda.  A religious with the Order of the Immaculate Conception, she was also a visionary and a writer.  Among her powers was said to be that of bilocation, permitting her to teach the Native American tribes of the American Southwest without ever leaving her cloister.  She was titled Venerable by Clement X in 1673.

Also 24 May, in 1966 in Paris, the repose of Pierre de Lagarde Boal.  Son of Theodore Boal, Pierre was a diplomat and a military man, a convert to the Faith and the builder of the Columbus Chapel.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 24 May, of interest in Argentina, Peru, Australia, and New Zealand, the feast of Mary under the title Help of Christians.

Also 24 May, of interest in Canada, the memorial of the Blessed Louis-Zephirin Moreau.

Monday 25 May, in 1971 in Haiti, the killing of Renaud Bouffard.  A priest from Maine with the Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was killed in a robbery gone bad during his service ministering to the poor in Haiti.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 25 May, of interest in Argentina and Puerto Rico, the feast of Mary under the title Mother of the Church.

Tuesday 26 May, in 1866 in Brooklyn, the repose of Charles Constantine Pise.  A priest from Maryland, at one time a Jesuit, he was a renowned writer and also the first — as yet only — Catholic to serve as chaplain to the United States Senate.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 26 May, of interest in Ecuador, the feast of S Mariana de Jesus Paredes Flores.

Wednesday 27 May, I have nothing.

Thursday 28 May, the repose in Brittany in 1790 of Joseph-Pierre de Bonnecamps.  A Breton Jesuit priest, in 1749 he offered the first known Mass in western Pennsylvania.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Friday 29 May, in 2013 in Chicago, the repose of Andrew Greeley.  A priest and sociologist, he is best known for his popular writing, both fiction and nonfiction.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 30 May, I have nothing.

Mary, Help of Christians, ora pro nobis.

Mary, Mother of the Church, ora pro nobis.

S Mariana of Jesus, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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17 to 23 May 2015

The round up for 17 to 23 May 2015.

On Sunday 17 May, in Rome, Pope Francis will canonize four new saints, Maryam Bawardi of Jesus Crucified, Maria Cristina Brando, Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, and Emilie de Villeneuve.  On Saturday 23 May, Oscar Romero will be beatified in El Salvador and Irene Stefani will be beatified in Kenya.

Sunday 17 May, of interest in Cuba, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Jeronimo Mariano Usera de Alarcon.

Monday 18 May, in 2009 in Guatemala, the death of Lorenzo Rosebaugh.  A priest from Wisconsin with the Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was killed in a robbery gone bad after decades working with the marginalized in Brazil, El Salvador, New York, and Guatemala.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 18 May, in 1675 in Michigan, the repose of Jacques Marquette.  A Jesuit priest from France, he was a missionary and explorer  in the seventeenth century Midwest.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Tuesday 19 May, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Yves Helory.  A priest and secular Franciscan, he was a lawyer known for his service to the poor in Brittany.  He was canonized in 1347.

Also 19 May, of interest in Mexico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Leonardo Castellanos y Castellanos.

Also 19 May, of interest in Colombia and Ecuador, the feast of S Verena Butler.

Wednesday 20 May, in 1506 in Valladolid, Spain, the repose of the Servant of God Christopher Columbus.  Having discovered Puerto Rico, he is likely the first Servant of God to have set foot in the current United States.  His cause, while open, is long dormant.

Also 20 May, in 1582 in New Mexico, the killing of Augustin Rodriguez.  A Franciscan brother, he was killed by Native Americans and his body thrown in a river.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 20 May, of interest in Argentina and Chile, the memorial of the Blessed Crescencia Perez.

Thursday 21 May, of interest to the Breton, in 1996 in Algeria the killing of the Trappists of the Atlas, among whom were the Bretons the Servants of God Michel Fleury, brother, and Celestin Ringeard, priest.  The diocesan phase of their cause, with seventeen others, was closed in 2013.

Also 21 May, of interest to the Orthodox, the approximate date in 1799 of the repose in Alaska of Joasaph (Bolotov) of Kodiak, Enlightener of Alaska.  He has been proposed for glorification.

Also 21 May, of interest in Brazil, the memorial of the Blessed Martyrs Manuel Gomez Gonzalez and Adilio Daronch.

Also 21 May, of interest in Mexico, the feast of the twenty-five Holy Martyrs David Galvan Bermudez, Luis Batis Sainz, Manuel Morales, David Roldan Lara, Salvador Lara Puente, Jenaro Sanchez del Cadillo, Mateo Correa Magallanes, Julio Alvarez Mendoza, David Uribe Velasco, Sabas Reyes Salazar, Roman Adame Rosales, Cristobal Magallanes Jara, Agustin Caloca Cortes, Jose Isabel Flores Varela, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Miguel de la Mara y de las Mara, Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman, Margarito Flores Garcia, Pedro Esqueda Ramirez, Jesus Mendez Montoya, Turibio Romo Gonzalez, Justiano Urana Madrigal, Aticano Cruz Alvarado, Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles, and Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero.

Friday 22 May, I have nothing.

Saturday 23 May, in 1951 in North Korea, the repose of the Servant of God Emil Kapaun.  A secular priest and military chaplain from Kansas, he was renowned for his personal holiness and self-sacrifice both before and after his seizure as a prisoner of war.  He died in a North Korean prison camp.  The diocesan portion of his cause closed in 2012.

Also 23 May, in 1873 in Missouri, the repose of Pierre-Jean de Smet.  Called the Apostle of Kansas, this Jesuit priest from Belgium was well known for his church building in nineteenth century America.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

S Maryam Bawardi of Jesus Crucified, ora pro nobis.

S Maria Cristina Brando, ora pro nobis.

S Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, ora pro nobis.

S Emilie de Villeneuve, ora pro nobis.

S Ivo of Kermartin, ora pro nobis.

S Verena Butler, ora pro nobis.

Holy Martyrs of the Mexican Persecution, orate pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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10 to 16 May 2015

The round up for 10 to 16 May 2015.

On 16 May in Venice will be the beatification of Luigi Caburlotto.  He was a secular priest from Italy and founder of the Daughters of Saint Joseph of Venice.

Sunday 10 May, the feast of S Damien of Molokai.  A priest with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, he served for many years as a missionary in the leper colony of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii.  He was canonized in 2009.

Also 10 May, in 2009 in De Pere, Wisconsin, the repose of Robert John Cornell.  A Norbertine priest, he is one of only two priests to have served as a voting member of the United States Congress, serving two terms from 1974 to 1978.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Monday 11 May, in 1752 near Rockdale, Texas, the death of Jose Francisco Ganzabal.  A Franciscan priest, he was killed because he stood up to the dissolute behavior of the Spanish soldiers in his mission.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 11 May, in 1936 in Rhode Island, the repose of Marie Rose Ferron.  Born in Canada, she spent most of her life in Rhode Island, where she was reputed to be a stigmatist.  I am not aware of a cause for her canonization.

Also 11 May, of interest in Brazil, the feast of S Antonio Galvao de Franca.

Tuesday 12 May, on 1582 in New Mexico, the killing of Francisco Lopez.  A Franciscan priest, he was attacked and killed while praying by a Tigua.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Wednesday 13 May, of interest to the Breton, the repose of the Servant of God Yvon Nicolazic.  A Breton farmer and layman, he saw a vision of S Anne, mother of Mary, who revealed to him the site of her lost image.  The diocesan phase of his cause closed in 2012.

Thursday 14 May, in 1949 in North Korea, the disappearance of the Servant of God Hong Yong-Ho Franciscus Borgia.  Among the eighty companions in his martyrdom cause are the Americans the Servants of God James Maginn, Patrick Brennan, and Patrick Byrne.  Their causes were united in 2014.

Also 14 May, in 1945 in China, the killing of Otto Rauschenbach.  A Maryknoll priest from Missouri, he was working in the missions in China when he was shot by bandits and robbed.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 14 May, of interest in Chile, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Mariano Avellana la Sierra.

Friday 15 May, in 1948 in Berlin, the repose of the Servant of God Edward Flanagan.  Born in Ireland, he came to America and became a secular priest.  He is best known for his work founding Boys Town, but died in post-war Germany trying to help deal with the poverty of the German reconstruction.  His cause was opened in 2012.

Also 15 May, in 1949 in New York, the repose of Peter Maurin.  Born in France, he co-founded the Catholic Worker movement.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Saturday 16 May, the feast of S Brendan of Clonfort, the Irish monk said to have led a voyage to the Americas in the sixth century.

Also 16 May, of interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Marie-Clement Staub.

S Damien the Leper, ora pro nobis.

S Frei Galvao, ora pro nobis.

S Brendan the Navigator, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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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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26 April to 2 May 2015

The round up for 26 April to 2 May 2015.

Sunday 26 April, in Canada, will be the first beatification of the year, that of Bl Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, nineteenth century Canadian religious and foundress.  Saturday 2 May, in Turin, will be the beatification of Bl Luigi of the Consolata Bordino, twentieth century Italian religious brother.

Sunday 26 April, of particular interest in Canada, the feast of Mary under the title Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Monday 27 April, I have nothing.

Tuesday 28 April, in 2010 in Venezuela, the death of Esteban Robert Wood.  A secular priest from the state of Washington, he was working in Venezuela when he was stabbed to death in a robbery gone bad.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 April, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.  A Breton priest, he is best known for his Marian devotion and for helping the religious revival in Brittany.  He was canonized in 1947.

Also 28 April, of particular interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Adolphe Chatillon.

Also 28 April, of interest in Paraguay, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Guggiari Echeverria.

Also 28 April, of particular interest in Oceania, the feast of S Pierre-Louis-Marie Chanel.

Wednesday 29 April, on Padre Island, Texas, in 1553, the deaths of Diego de la Cruz, Hernando Mendez, Juan Ferrer, and Juan de Mena.  Dominicans — the first three priests and the last a brother — they died as the result of a shipwreck off the coast of Texas on their way to the missions.  I am not aware of a cause for their canonization.

Also 29 April, in 1999 in El Salvador, the repose of Ron Hennessey.  A Maryknoll priest and brother to two nuns, he was known for his activism and his opposition to American actions in Central America.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 29 April, of interest in Canada, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Elisabeth Bergeron.

Thursday 30 April, of interest in Canada, the feast of S Marie Guyart Martin, in religion S Marie of the Incarnation.

Friday 1 May, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Brioc, one of the Founders of Brittany.

Saturday 2 May, I have nothing.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, ora pro nobis.

S Louis de Montfort, ora pro nobis.

S Peter Chanel, ora pro nobis.

S Marie of the Incarnation, ora pro nobis.

S Brioc, ora pro nobis.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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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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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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