Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 24, 2018

MartyrdomOfFrAugustinPonceDeLeon webNEW HAVEN – The Knights of Columbus Museum will offer a free presentation about the Martyrs of La Florida Missions, whose cause for canonization is under consideration, in June.

The talk, “Martyrs Under Her Mantle,” will be given at 2 p.m. June 11 and repeated at the same time on June 12 in a different location by Mary Soha, a Jacksonville, Fla., physician who is vice postulator for the cause.

Dr. Soha will present the history of these martyrs who, between the 16th and 18th centuries, were killed throughout the southeast United States. Among them were European missionaries, but their number is predominantly indigenous Americans who adopted and embraced the Catholic faith, even at the cost of their lives.

The June 11 presentation will be at the Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St., New Haven, and the June 12 talk will be given at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.

Dr. Soha was a member and medical consultant for the Commission for the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha. She is also a member of the National Catholic Native American Conference. She will speak about Catholic evangelization in America and the witness of faith by St. Kateri and the Florida martyrs.

The presentation is part of the museum’s Mission of Faith Lecture Series and is open to the public.

The Knights of Columbus Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free admission and parking. Its Mission of Faith exhibition examines Catholic evangelization in North America from the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the present.