- Tuesday, 03 December 2013 15:11
The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (the Trappists) announced that,
On October 7, Archbishop Bader of Algiers, with the agreement of the Abbot General and his Council, appointed Father Thomas Georgeon, monk of La Trappe and present Secretary of the Abbot General, as postulator of the cause of Archbishop Claverie and his 18 companions (among them our 7 brothers of Tibhirine). The appointment was approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on October 11, 2013.
The 7 monks of the Monastery of Notre-Dame de l’Atlas were killed 26/27 March 1996. The Atlas Martyrs:
- Dom Christian (de Chergé) – prior of the community
- Brother Luc (Paul Dochier)
- Father Christophe (Lebreton)
- Brother Michel (Fleury)
- Father Célestin (Ringeard)
- Father Bruno (born Christian Lemarchand)
- Brother Paul (Favre-Miville).
A 2010 film on the monks was released, “Of God and Men” which was well-received.
You may want to read Christian Salenson’s Christian de Chergé: A Theology of Hope (Cistercian Publications, 2012).
- Thursday, 31 October 2013 15:37
Pope Francis accepted the findings of the Congregation of Saints today that Mother Celestine Bottego lived a life of heroic virtue. She is now given the title of Venerable Servant of God. Mother Celestine was founder of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, was born on 20 December 1895, in Glendale, Ohio. She lived in Butte, Montana until she was almost 15, when she then moved with her mother to Italy.
Bottego was teaching English at a school of the Xaverian Fathers; One priest, Father Giacomo Spagnolo, asked her to consider forming a women’s branch of the order. Her discernment led her to form the congregation in 1944. She died in Italy in 1980 at the age of 84. A miracle attributed to Mother Celestine’s intercession still is needed before she can be beatified. She would add brilliantly to the constellation of US saints and blesseds.
- Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:31
The cause for sainthood has been opened for Cora Evans, a Catholic convert from Mormonism and since March 2012 bears the title of Servant of God. Cora Evans died in 1957. Cora Evans is unknown to most of the Catholics in the USA but is recalled as holy, humble housewife.
The story of Evans’ sainthood study is written by Mark Emmons in San Jose, CA.
The importance of a person like Cora Evans for us today is that she wasn’t a religious or a cleric but “…some who lived an ordinary life, was a good person, and should be imitated by living our lives in a prayerful way,” said her postulator, Father Joseph Grimaldi. Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI advocated the search for examples among the laity for saintliness. It is said that Evans experienced the mystery of the stigmata.
- Monday, 26 August 2013 16:48
On this day in 1978, the Cardinals elected Cardinal Albino Luciani, 65, as the Pope to follow Pope Paul VI who died on August 6.
Luciani took the name John Paul and died 33 days later. Luciani had been the Patriarch of Venice.
On this day in 2002 the diocesan phase studying the possible cause for canonization was opened. It was closed in 2006 and the Roman phase opened in 2009. A miracle is being proposed for the Pope’s cause.
John Paul I, pray for us.
- Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:32
The Catholic News Agency ran an article on Wednesday by Andrea Gagliarduccui, “Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint.” The idea of making Pius a saint more quickly has more than a passing interest for me: I think the Venerable Servant of God Pope Pius XII was a holy man and he ought to be made at least a blessed, but I will accept sainthood, too. The work he did to save the Jews from death contribute to us understanding his life in Grace.
It is being posited that Pope Francis may dispense with the beatification process and the rigorous examination of miracles and push Pius to sainthood. He recently decided to exempt Blessed John XXIII ahead of some of the sainthood process.
As the author notes, the study concerning Pius’s sanctity is near completion and there are several miracles attributed to Pius’ intercession.
Pius was the Roman Pontiff from 1939-1958.