This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Holy Cards

I'm always amazed how much of our background is online and google-able..
"Holy Cards left in books in the collection of Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, Saint Paul Seminary, University of St Thomas (St Paul MN).
 Set aside over many decades by library staff, these cards represent a wide ranging sample of holy cards, covering the period from the mid-19th century to more recent times".

These images are so evocative of childhood  hours spent in church trying not to

The next two cards are for my sister--I think she probably had both of those  cards in her missal since there was a move on when we were kids to cannonize Kateri Tekakwitha. 

 Does anyone know is she ever made it?

Ok, so how DOES a person become a saint?  From How Stuff Works:
The Steps of Canonization

Here are the steps that must be followed in the process of canonization:
  1. A local bishop investigates the candidate's life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. The information uncovered by the bishop is sent to the Vatican.
  2. A panel of theologians and the cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of Saints evaluate the candidate's life.
  3. If the panel approves, the pope proclaims that the candidate is venerable, which means that the person is a role model of Catholic virtues.
  4. The next step toward sainthood is beatification, which allows a person to be honored by a particular group or region. In order to beatify a candidate, it must be shown that the person is responsible for a posthumous miracle. Martyrs -- those who died for their religious cause -- can be beatified without evidence of a miracle. On Oct. 20, 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified. She is now known as Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata.
  5. In order for the candidate to be considered a saint, there must be proof of a second posthumous miracle. If there is, the person is canonized.
Thanks again, Mr Research!!


  1. Re: Kateri sainthood: Nope, she's still in the waiting room. You'd think a schwester with practically the same name would step up the action a little. But nussir....

  2. She is definitely a 'Blessed'and everyone knows it is political anyhow. For a moment I wondered if you meant I should have attained sainthood by now and I was panicked that I have not! But neither has the PHish.....................