English Speaking Saints And Martyrs

English Saints and Martyrs

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Martyr of England

Bl. William Howard
Feastday: December 29
1680
Martyr of England. He was born the son of Thomas, earl of Arundel, in 1616 and raised a Catholic. The grandson of Blessed Philip Howard and a member of the noble family of the Howards, William held the title of Viscount Stafford. He was made a Knight of the Bath by King Charles I (r.1624-1649), and married Mary Stafford in 1637. In 1640, William was named Baron Stafford. A county in Virginia in the United States bears his name. He was arrested on the false accusation of complicity in the so-called Popish Plot and imprisoned for two years before finally being beheaded on Tower Hill on December 29. He was beatified in 1929

Monday, December 05, 2005

English Marytrs December 5-15

St. John Almond
Feastday: December 5
1612
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. A native of Allerton,

England, he was educated in Ireland and then at Reims and in Rome.

After his ordination in 1598, he returned to England as a missionary,

and was arrested in 1602. John was imprisoned in 1608 for a time and

arrested again in 1612. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn.


St. John Roberts
Feastday: December 9
1610
Benedictine member of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. He was

born in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, Wales, and studied at Oxford. John became

a Catholic and went to Paris in 1598, Studying and becoming a

Benedictine priest in 1602. He then returned to England and aided so

many victims of the plague of 1603 that he became quite famous. He left

England for a time to establish a seminary but then returned to London.

He had many adventures until his final arrest for being a priest. With

Blessed Thomas Somers, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn.


Bl. Thomas Somers
Feastday: December 10
1610
English martyr. Born in Westmoreland, England, he worked for a time as

a schoolmaster. Leaving England, he went to Douai, France, where he

studied for the priesthood and received ordination before returning

home under the alias of Wison to assist the Catholic cause in London.

Arrested for being a priest, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at

Tyburn with Blessed John Roberts.

St. Edmund Genings
Feastday: December 10
1591
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Born in Lichfield,

England, he converted to the faith. He was ordained a priest at Reims,

France, in 1590. The following years, after working in England, he was

martyred at Gray’s Inn Fields in London.


Bl. John Mason
Feastday: December 10
1591
Martyr of England, a layman arrested for harboring St. Edmund Gennings,

priest. He was martyred at Tyburn by being hanged, drawn, and quartered

with Sts. Edmund Gennings and palydore plasden. and With Blessed Sidney

Hodgson. pope Pius Xl beatified him in 1929.


St. Polydore Plasden
Feastday: December 10
1563-1591
One of the Forty Martyrs of England. A native of London, he studied for

the priesthood at Reims and Rome and was ordained in 1586. Sent to

England soon after, he worked for the reconversion of the island until

his arrest by English authorities. He was taken prisoner with St.

Edmund Genings. Polydore was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tybum.

Beatified in 1929, he was canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of

the Forty Martyrs.

Bl. Thomas Holland
Feastday: December 12
1642
English martyr. Also known as Thomas Sanderson and Thomas Hammond, he

was born at Sutton, near Prescot, Lancashire, England, in 1600. Thomas

left England to study at St. Omer, France, and Valladolid, in Spain,

and entered the Jesuits after ordination in 1624. Going home, circa

1635, he worked to aid the Church in the isles for seven years until

his arrest in London. Thomas was hanged, drawn, and quartered at

Tyburn.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

ENGLISH MARTYRS-DECEMBR 1-5

Bl. Alexander Briant
Feastday: December 1
1581
Missionary and martyr, one of the English priests slain in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Alexander was born in Somerset, England, circa 1556 , and entered Oxford University at a young age. He was called "the beautiful Oxford youth" because of his handsome appearance and the radiance of his holiness. Alexander converted to Catholicism at Oxford and met Richard Holtby, following Holtby to the English seminary college at Reims, France. He was ordained a priest there on March 29, 1578. Returning to England, Alexander worked in Somerset and was caught up in a search by British authorities in April 1581. Taken to the Tower of London, he was subjected to inhuman tortures but did not reveal the names of other priests. He also wrote to the Jesuit Fathers, asking permission to join. He was accepted. In November 1581, he was condemned to death by an English court. Again Alexander suffered hideous tortures and died on December 1,1581, at the age of twenty-five.

Bl. John Beche
Feastday: December 1
1539
Martyr of England and a friend of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. John was abbot of Coichester Abbey. A Benedictine, he received a doctorate from Oxford in 1515 . He took the Oath of Supremacy in 1534 , but then saw his own abbey being plundered. The deaths of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More horrified him as well. When he refuted King Henry VIII’s right to suppress the English monasteries, he was arrested for treason and hanged, drawn, and quartered at Colchester. John was beatified in 1895.


Bl. Richard Langley
Feastday: December 1
1586
English martyr. A member of the gentry, he was born at Grimthorpe, where he had extensive estates, as he did in Riding. He was arrested for giving shelter to Catholic priests and hanged, drawn, and quartered at York on December 1. He was beatified in 1929.



Bl. Edward Coleman
Feastday: December 3
1678
English martyr, a victim of the Titus Oates Plot. Educated at Cambridge, he convened to the faith and served as secretary to the duchess of Thrk. Condemned falsely of conspiring to restore Catholicism to England, he was executed at Tyburn. He was beatified in 1929.


St. John Almond
Feastday: December 5
1612
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. A native of Allerton, England, he was educated in Ireland and then at Reims and in Rome. After his ordination in 1598, he returned to England as a missionary, and was arrested in 1602. John was imprisoned in 1608 for a time and arrested again in 1612. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn.