St John Wall, Priest and Martyr
+ Worcester, England, August 22, 1679
Born in England he was ordained a priest at Douai, France and
professed the Rule of the Friars Minor. He exercised his priestly
ministry in England for 22 years until he was captured and
sentenced to death. He ascended the scaffold at Worcester
August 22, 1679.
Roman Martyrology: At Worcester in England ever, St John Wall, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor and martyr, who, after exercising in secret for more than twenty years his ministry as pastor, for his priesthood, died hanging in a snare and gutted with his sword during the reign of Charles II.
Born of good and wealthy family in 1620 perhaps chiral Hall, near
Prestnn in Lancashire, John Wall in 1641 came the English College
at Douai, where he received the sacred ordination in 1645. After a
short mission to England, he returned to Douai to wear the
Franciscan habit in the convent of S. Bonaventure (1651), taking
the religious name of Brother Joachim St. Anna, much appreciate
d for its excellent quality, has the functions of vicar of the convent
and master of novices, and in 1656 he left again for the English
mission, going to establish, built the fictitious name of Francis
Webb, for Harvingion Hall in phonics Worcester, and here he coul
d carry undisturbed for over twenty-two pastoral ministry with
great uiililà of local Catholics.
“ Capture unexpectedly in December 1678, to around
Bromsgravc Rushock Court at the time of presumed papist
conspiracy mounted by the notorious Tiius Oatcs Wall decided
ly refused to take the oath of supremacy, so he was locked up in
prisons in Worcester, where he remained for five months between
immature suffering, borne with great fortitude. On April 25 1679
Atkins was tried by the court and sentenced to death on charges
of high treason, as a priest in the kingdom riemraro order one
abroad and to undertake activities of priests.
“ Nonetheless, he was sent to London to be examined by Oatcs,
Bcdloe, Dugdale and Prance, from which, however, cleared of any
involvement lu the Popish plot, despite being again sentenced to
death for his status as a priest, which was returned in Worcester
for the execution, which took place some time more lard, or 22 ag
. 1679. Shortly before boarding the scaffold VP. wrote a long
speech, in which features of his trial and his conviction and handed
it to a friend why he did it to print, as it was (Lond 1679).
“ The only victim who should suffer martyrdom for the faith in
Worcester, Wall was witnessed in the last days of his existence
from brother William Leveson (brother of martyr well Franciscan
VCN. Lcvcsoi Francis), who died in prison in that city at
thirty-four On the Feb. 1680). The mortal remains of the heroic
confessor of the faith were buried in the cemetery adjoining the
church of S. Oswald of Worcester, while the head was taken to
the Franciscan monastery of Douai, in which the martyr belonged,
where it is still preserved and venerated.
“ Honor of the altars, erected by Pope Pius XI December
15 1929 (ci. AAS, XXII [19,301, p. 18, n. CXXX1I), Blessed Wall is
commemorated on 22 August.
Source: Santi e Beati