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Jesuits Open Beatification Cause; Franciscan Martyrs

The beatification process for Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, SJ, is moving ahead, Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa announced this week. Father Arrupe served as superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965-1983 and 15 years as president of the Union of Religious Superiors General (1967-1982). Father Arrupe was the master of novices at the Jesuit novitiate in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb. Read more about Father Arrupe and the status of the beatification effort here.

Georgia Martyrs

In Georgia, Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., is promoting the cause of the Georgia Martyrs, five Franciscan friars who served in the Spanish missions along the Georgia coast until being killed in a local uprising in 1597.

The diocese launched a new website this year to promote their cause. The cause for their beatification was opened in 1984 and the documentation sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints by Bishop Hartmayer’s predecessor, Bishop Kevin Boland, in 2007. Bishop Hartmayer will visit the Congregation in September to provide an update on promotion efforts.

 

Dominican from the Western Province Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco

Dominican Father Robert Christian, O.P., a member of the Western Dominican Province (Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus) was named auxiliary bishop of San Francisco by Pope Francis on March 28, 2018. A native of the San Francisco area, Fr. Christian was serving as Master of Students for the province at the time of his appointment. He also has been a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.

In a statement posted on the Dominican website, Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P., prior provincial of the Western Dominican Province and president-elect of CMSM, said, “This appointment is a recognition of Fr. Robert’s deep love for Christ and the Church, and also a recognition of the Order’s deep roots in the Church in the Bay Area.”

Read more about Bishop-elect Christian and his appointment in Catholic San Francisco. His ordination will be in the next few weeks.