English Speaking Saints And Martyrs

English Saints and Martyrs

Monday, June 27, 2016

St. John Southworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Southworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Saint John Southworth. Priest and martyr. He went overseas to study and was ordained in Douai in 1618. St John returned to England in 1627 and was soon arrested. He spent three years in prison - the first of several imprisonments. Most of his priestly work was carried out in Westminster. He was much loved for his ministry to the sick and dying, especially during the plague years. He continued his work until 1654, when he was arrested for the last time, tried and finally condemned to death. On this day, June 27 at the age of 62, he was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, close to where Marble Arch now stands. St John was the last secular priest to suffer in this way. His body was taken to Douai, embalmed and buried. But when the seminary was demolished, during the French Revolution, his coffin was lost. It was accidentally discovered in 1927 and taken to St Edmund's College in Ware. Three years later St John's body was placed in a shrine at Westminster Cathedral, in the parish where he spent so much of his life. St John was canonised with the Forty Martyrs in 1970. He is a patron saint of priests. Feastday June 27


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