The Holiness of Our Lady Assumed Body and Soul into Heaven Allures: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2019


J.M.J.



Our Blessed Lady leads us infallibly to her Divine Son. Her sanctity attracts us. We want to become holier when we encounter Mary.

Ponder those whose names are listed below. Each has a connection to the United States of America, and each is being considered for Canonization.

Five are "Blessed," while six are "Venerable," and seventeen are the "Servant of God."


BLESSED (5)


1. Father Solanus Casey (1870-1959) . . . born in Wisconsin . . . Franciscan Capuchin . . . priest simplex, that is, he did not enjoy faculties to hear Confessions . . . encouraged thousands of those who came to him for prayer . . . Spiritual Director . . . loved the violin . . . Feast Day: July 30th

2. Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) . . . born in New Jersey . . . Ruthenian Catholic . . .  Religious . . . Sister of Charity . . . mystic . . . as a novice, she anonymously wrote the spiritual conferences for the professed Sisters . . . her brother was a priest . . . died at age twenty-six . . . Feast Day: May 8th

3. Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago (1918-1963) . . . born in Puerto Rico . . . layman . . . chronically ill from ulcerative colitis . . . excellent student whose health prevented him from continuing in school . . . loved the Sacred Liturgy, especially the Easter Vigil of the night of Holy Saturday, exclaiming, Vivimos para esa noche (“We live for that night”) . . . played the organ during Mass . . . translated some liturgical texts into Spanish . . . practiced poverty, owning only one pair of shoes . . . died at age forty-four from rectal cancer . . . the first Caribbean-born layman to be beatified . . . Feast Day: July 13th/May 4th

4. Father Stanley Rother (1935-1981) . . . born in Oklahoma . . . attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary . . . diocesan priest who had a mission in Guatemala and was martyred there . . . a relative of his lives in our Diocese . . . Feast Day: July 28th

5. Father Francis Xavier Seelos (1819-1867) . . . born in Germany . . . Religious . . . Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer . . . ordained a priest in Baltimore . . . lived in Pittsburgh with Saint John Neumann . . . proposed as a candidate for the Office of Bishop but was excused by Pope Blessed Pius IX . . . having cared for the victims of yellow fever, he contracted the disease and died from it at age forty-eight . . . Feast Day: October 5th

VENERABLE (6)


1. Bishop Frederic Baraga (1797-1868) . . . born in Slovenia . . . ordained a priest in Ljubljana . . . missionary to the United States . . . spoke eight languages fluently . . . grammarian of a Native American language, Ojibway . . . the first Bishop of Marquette, Michigan

2. Bishop Alphonse Gallegos (1931-1991) . . . born in New Mexico . . . Religious . . . Order of Augustinian Recollects . . . Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento . . . ministered to street gangs . . . “The Bishop of the Barrios” . . . struck by a car and killed  

3. Mother Henriette Díaz DeLille (1813-1862) . . . born in Louisiana . . . Creole . . . a Religious Foundress . . . Sisters of the Holy Family . . . died at age forty-nine in New Orleans during the Civil War when the city was occupied by the Union Army

4. Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992) . . . born in Ireland . . . lived in the United States for many years . . . Congregation of the Holy Cross . . . promoted the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary . . . “The Family that prays together, stays together” . . . confidant of many in Hollywood

5. Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) . . . born in Illinois . . . attended Saint Paul Seminary . . . well-known via books, radio and television . . . encouraged priests to make the daily “Hour Hour” before the Most Blessed Sacrament . . . may be beatified before the end of 2019

6. Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853) . . . born in Haiti . . . lived in New York City . . . a former slave . . . husband to a former slave whose freedom he purchased as well as a father . . . hairdresser . . . attended daily Mass for sixty-six years in Saint Peter Church, New York . . . philanthropist

THE SERVANT OF GOD (19)


1. Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990) . . . born in Mississippi . . . African-American . . . convert from Methodism . . . Religious . . . Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration . . . obtained the Ph.D. in English . . . advocated on behalf of Catholic African-Americans

2. Father Vincent Capodanno (1929-1967) . . . born in New York . . . Maryknoll Missionary . . . U.S. Navy Chaplain assigned to a Marine Corps unit . . . killed in action in Vietnam . . . Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient . . . “The Grunt Padre”

3. Father Walter Ciszek (1904-1984) . . . born in Pennsylvania . . . Society of Jesus . . . Missionary . . . imprisoned in the Soviet Union for almost twenty-three years . . . remembered for With God in Russia (1964) and He Leadeth Me (1973)

4. Terence Cardinal Cooke (1921-1983) . . . born in New York . . . Archbishop of New York . . . founded “Courage,” an outreach to men and women with same-sex attraction and promoted the pro-life cause . . . suffered heroically with leukemia

5. Dorothy Day (1897-1980) . . . born in New York . . . wife and mother . . . a “freethinker” who converted to the Church . . . with Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement . . . advocated “distributism” as a way between capitalism and socialism

6. Catherine de Heuck Doherty (1896-1985) . . . born in Russia . . . founded “Madonna House” in Ontario . . . cheerfully served the poor . . . friend of Bishop Dudley’s . . . related to the de Heuck Family from Aberdeen

7. Black Elk (1863-1950) . . . (Heȟáka Sápa) . . . born in Montana . . .  second cousin of Crazy Horse’s . . . convert to the Church . . . catechist . . . buried in Saint Agnes Cemetery in Manderson, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation . . . the Cause for Canonization was begun in the Diocese of Rapid City

8. Cora Evans (1904-1957) . . . born in Utah . . . wife and mother . . . convert from Mormonism . . . mystic

9. Monsignor Edward Flanagan (1886-1948) . . . born in Ireland . . . priest in the United States . . . founded “Boys Town” . . . worked with young men in moral danger and those considered “troublemakers” . . . the subject of a famous Hollywood movie

10. Father Demetrius Augustine Gallizten (1770-1840) . . . born in the Netherlands . . . from an aristocratic family . . . traveled throughout the United States . . . was ordained by Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore . . . honored as “The Apostle to the Alleghenies” 

11. Father John Hardon (1914-2000) . . . born in Pennsylvania . . . Society of Jesus . . . theologian . . . spoke at the Fatima Family Shrine in Alexandria during several summers during the 1990s . . . prolific author . . . his The Catholic Catechism (1975) and Modern Catholic Dictionary (1980) informed many

12. Mother Mary Alphonsa Hawthorne Lathrop (1851-1920) . . . born in Massachusetts . . . the daughter of American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne . . . wife and later widow . . . convert . . . the Foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne

13. Father Emil Kapaun (1916-1951) . . .  born in Kansas . . . a priest of the Diocese of Wichita . . . U. S. Army Chaplain during World War II and the Korean War . . . died under hostile circumstances in Korea . . . posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart . . . had a relative in our Diocese


14. Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968) . . . born in Germany . . . Religious . . . Pallottine Fathers . . . Priest . . . founded the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary . . . because of his opposition to Nazism, he was arrested by the Gestapo, eventually interred at Dachau . . . destined to die in the gas chamber but rescued by a S.S. guard . . . founded more branches of Schoenstatt . . . became the parish priest of German speakers in Milwaukee . . . died in Germany on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


15. Father Eusebio Kino (1645-1711) . . . born in Italy . . . Religious . . . Society of Jesus . . . Priest . . . missionary to New Spain . . . served in Mexico, Baja, California and present-day Arizona . . . he established 24 missions

16. Mother Mary Lange (1784-1882) . . . born in Cuba in a Haitian community . . . immigrated to the United States . . . Religious and Foundress . . . a member of the first Religious Order in the United States composed of women African descent, the Oblate Sisters of Providence . . . worked to provide girls with a Catholic education

17. Bishop Vincent McCauley (1906-1982) . . . born in Iowa . . . studied at Creighton and Notre Dame . . . Religious . . . Congregation of the Holy Cross . . . Missionary to peoples of Asia and Africa . . . Bishop in Uganda

18. Sister Blandina Segale (1850-1941) . . . born in Italy . . . settled with her family in Cincinnati at age four . . . Religious and Missionary . . . Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati . . . worked for many years in New Mexico

19. Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897) . . . born in Missouri . . . a former slave . . . the first Catholic priest in the United States known to be black when he was ordained in Rome in 1886 . . . responsible for the development and construction of Saint Monica Church on Chicago’s South Side . . . died at age forty-three in Chicago during the heat wave of 1897

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