- Notes and Comments
The program for the annual meeting scheduled for Atlanta in January 2016 has been submitted to the American Historical Association for inclusion in its program announcements. The ACHA is grateful to its committee members (Martin Menke, Maria Mazzenga, and James Carroll) for their work on the program. Registration for the meeting will begin in September. Nominations of candidates to serve on the ACHA Executive Council should be sent to the Election Board Committee chair, Jay Carney of Creighton University, care of email@example.com.
Causes of Saints
On April 21, 2015, the positio (a 1300-page summary of more than 6000 pages of acta on life and ministry) for the canonization of the Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. (1909–92), was presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Born in County Mayo, Ireland, he emigrated to the United States in 1928, entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross, promoted religious programing on radio and television, and became known as the “Rosary Priest” who claimed that “the family that prays together stays together.” Three possible medical miracles attributed to his intercession are under investigation.
On May 5, 2015, Pope Francis approved decrees regarding miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Vincenzo Grossi (1845–1917), Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory; Blessed Maria of the Immaculate Conception (née Maria Isabel Salvat Romero, 1926–98), Spanish Superior General of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; and the Venerable Servant of God Giacomo Abbondo (1720–88), Italian diocesan priest. The pope also approved the status of martyr for the Servants of God Mario Borzaga (1932–60), Italian professed priest of the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and Paul Thoj Xyooj (1941–60), lay catechist, killed together in hatred of the faith in Laos. Pope Francis acknowledged the heroic virtues of the following Servants of God: Jacinto Vera (1813–81), bishop of Montevideo in Uruguay; Antonio Antic (1893–1965), Croatian professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor; Juliette Colbert de Falletti di Barolo (1786–1864), French lay-woman, widow, and founder of the Daughters of Jesus the Good Shepherd; Maria Brigida Postorino (1865–1960), Italian founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate; Maria Rafaela Jesús Hostia (1915–91), Spanish professed nun of the Order of Capuchin Poor Clares; and the Modenese lay couple, parents, and members of the Secular Franciscan Order Sergio Bernardini (1882–1966) and Domenica Bedonni Bernardini (1889–1971). [End Page 698]
On May 17, 2015, Pope Francis canonized as saints Sister Marie-Alphonsine Dani Ghattas (née Mariam Sultaneh, 1843–1927), founder of the first Arab religious congregation, the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem; Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified (née Mariam Baouardy, 1846–78), Melkite Greek Catholic Discalced Carmelite; Sister Jeanne-Emilie de Villeneuve (1811–54); and the Neapolitan Sister Maria Cristina Brando of the Immaculate Conception (née Adelaide, 1856–1906).
On May 23, 2015, in a ceremony in El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917–80) was declared a blessed.
On June 5, 2015, Pope Francis approved the miracles attributed to the Venerable Servants of God Francesco de Paola Victor (1827–1905), a Brazilian diocesan priest, and Klara Ludwika Szczęsna (1863–1916), Polish cofounder of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He also approved the status of martyr for the Servants of God Frederic of Berga, O.F.M. Cap. (1877–1937, born Martí Tarrés Puigpelat), and twenty-five companions, Spanish Capuchin priests and lay brothers, who were killed in hatred of the faith, 1936–37; and for Joseph Thao Tiên (1915–54), a Laotian diocesan priest, plus ten companions, who were professed priests of the Society of the Paris Foreign Missions and Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and four lay companions, all killed in Laos between 1954 and 1970 in hatred of the faith. The pope also recognized the heroic virtues of the following Servants of God: Antonio Celona (1873–1952), an Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Handmaids of the Reparation of the Sacred Heart...