Twentieth Century Dominican Saints
Vatican Laws Governing Causes for Canonization
|Recent Additions to Dominican
Festive Liturgical Days
|Blessed AÑA DE LOS ANGELES
|Blessed FRA ANGELICO
|Blessed FRANCIS COLL
|Blessed HYACINTH-M. CORMIER
|Blessed MARGARET EBNER
|Blessed PIER-GIORGIO FRASSATI
|Blessed ADRIAN FORTESCUE, M.
|Blessed ROBERT NUTTER, M.
|Blessed GEORGE THOMAS REHM, M.
|Blessed INGRID OF STÄNNINGE (Sweden)
|Saints LORENZO RUIZ & 15 COMPANIONS
|Blessed BARTOLO LONGO
|Blessed MARIE POUSSEPIN
|Blessed AGNES OF LANGÉAC
|Blessed TERENCE O'BRIEN, Bishop M.
|Blessed PETER HIGGINS, M.
|Our 60 VIETNAMESE SAINTS M M
Father Innocenzo Venchi, postulator general of Causes, in his Report to
this summer's General Chapter of Caleruega, lists the Causes that have
advanced in the last three years.
- When 17 Irish Martyrs were beatified September 27, 1992, there were
among them two Dominicans who died for the Faith: Bishop Terence
O'Brien (1600-1651) and prior Father Peter Higgins
- We were given three new Blesseds on November 20, 1994. They were:
Père Hyacinth-M. Cormier (1832-1916),who long labored strenuously
for Dominican ideals; Mère Agnes of Langéac, foundress of that
contemplative monastery, and the inspiration of the Dominican Sisters of
Puy, and Mère Marie Poussepin, foundress of the Dominican
Presentation Sisters, and totally dedicated to serving the youth, the
poor, the sick. At one time in their lives all three had been Tertiaries,
members of the Third Order.
- Saint Zdisláva, Lady Zdisláva of Lemberk (1220-1252), was
canonized at Olomouc on May 21, 1995. She had long been venerated in
Bohemia, a "domina sanctae vitae", a true Dominican laywoman. She
carefully raised four children. Her charities, at times miraculously
confirmed, abounded for the needy, the sick, for indigent families. She
died in her husband's arms. She founded two Dominican priories. In 1989,
through her intercession, a doctor was healed from a lengthy coma by a
miracle, duly authenticated. Sister Anita Smisek, of Sinsinawa,
graciously represented us all at Olomouc.
- On October 1, 1995, Pope John Paul II beatified Père
Jean-Georges-Thomas Rehm, O.P. (1752-1794), an Alsacian, of the
Province of Paris, and 63 Companions, all Maryrs of the Diocese of La
Rochelle during the French Revolution.
For all of these we are indeed grateful. The minimal thanksgiving,
customarily within the year following the beatification or canonization, can
well be an intercession in Morning and Evening Prayer for three successive
The Order however in Rome, gave a week for the immediate preparation for
the actual celebration and for the thanksgiving, for our three new Blesseds
of last November. The beatification itself was at St. Peter's, the days of
thanksgiving included special Masses, and a Dominican Family Symposium at
the Angelicum. The Holy Father came on the final day.
Other accounts of thanksgiving included the beautiful Pontifical mass
sponsored in Washington by the Presentation Sisters at which the area's
Friars, Sisters, and Dominican Laity took part.
Among the visiting American participants for the events in Rome were
members of a pilgrimage conducted by Fr. John Maguire; Frs. Luke Tancrell,
J. J. Sullivan, Paul Keller, Augustine DiNoia; and Sr. M. William of the
Washington Presentation Sisters.
Material on all these Blesseds can be obtained from the Dominican
Bookstore; Convento Santa Sabina; Aventino, 00153, Rome, Italy.
The Cause of Ven. Samuel Mazuchelli awaits word on the
certification of a healing of one who extraordinarily has been able to give
up the use of dialysis. If this news is positive, then the beatification of
Ven. Samuel can come quickly. Please pray for this.
The Cause of Fr. Paschal Kelly (+1975), longtime victim of almost
complete multiple sclerosis continues to progress under the solicitous care
of Fr. George Ninteman. Fr. Paschal's ever joyful, cheerful spirit still
inspires his devotees. Testimony to his virtues can be sent to Fr. Nintemann
at the Church of St. Bridget, 2123 Country Road 16 SE, Rochester, MN 55904.
Father Tim Deeter, Director of The Frassati Society (P.O. Box 360,
Orangefield, TX 77639-0360) energetically supports the Cause of Blessed
Pier Giorgio (1901-1925). Blessed Pier Giorgio was an ardent athlete, a
tireless servant of the poor, a university student of Turin where he died
after a 6 day illness of polio. As a Tertiary, he choose the name of Brother
Jerome, since he venerated Fra Savonarola as a saint. Fr. Deeter bas an
abundant supply of literature.
Other Causes can use your prayers and penances. Bl. Margaret of
Castello, herself blind and crippled, patron of the "marginalized";
Blessed Fra Angelico, patron of Artists; Mother Columba, founder
of the Polish Sisters who have nursing homes in Justice, IL, Milwaukee, WI,
and Vancouver, Bl. John of Vercelli, founder of the Holy Name
Society, Praxedes Fernandez, wife and mother, Bl. James Salomoni,
whose new Shrine is in our St. Catherine's Church in New York, across the
street from the world renowned cancer hospital.
Still other Causes that could use your prayers: thosc of Frs. J. J.
Lataste, M. J. Lagrange, Bonaventure Paredes and 37 confrères of
Madrid; Fr. J. T. Arintero; Ven. Luis of Grenada; Fr. Joseph Girotti,
my classmate who perished at Dachau 50 years ago; Fr. Titus Horten; Ven.
Vincenzo Bernedo of Bolivia; Mother Luigia Tincani of Rome;
Georgio La Pira of Florence; Elizabeth Leseur.
Studies go forward on Frs. Savonarola and Eckert and on
Bishop Las Casas. Prayers always help.
- T. M. Sparks O.P.