Saint Alexander Briant, December 1

December 1, 2009

Saint Alexander Briant, Jesuit Priest and Martyr

Somerset, England, about 1556 – Tyburn, London, December 1, 1581

Roman Martyrology: In London, England, Saint Edmund Campion, Rodolfo Sherwin and Alexander Briant, priests and martyrs under Queen Elizabeth I, celebrated for their ingenuity and strength in faith. Edmund, who from an early age he professed the Catholic faith, admitted into the Society of Jesus in Rome and was ordained priest in Prague, he returned home, where, for their efforts in comforting the souls of the faithful with his words and his writings , was killed, after many torments, at Tyburn. With him suffered the same torments the saints Rudolph and Alexander, the second of which he obtained in prison to be admitted into the Society of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saints Nicholas Tavelic, Stephen of Cuneo, Deodato Aribert from Ruticinio and Peter of Narbonne, November 14

November 14, 2009

St. Nicholas Tavelic, Stephen of Cuneo, Deodato Aribert from Ruticinio and Peter of Narbonne

Saints Nicholas Tavelic, Stephen of Cuneo, Deodato Aribert from Ruticinio and Peter of Narbonne Franciscan Priests, Martyrs
† Jerusalem, November 14, 1391

Roman Martyrology: In Jerusalem, the Holy Nicholas Tavelic, Deodato Aribert, Stephen of Cuneo and Peter of Narbonne, Priests of the Order of Friars Minor and Martyrs who were burned in the fire for preaching boldly in the public square in front of the Saracens, the Christian religion, professing Strongly Christ Son of God
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St John Lloyd, July 22

July 22, 2009

Saint John Lloyd

St John Lloyd Priest and Martyr
July 22
+ Cardiff, Wales, 22 July 1679

Roman Martyrology: At Cardiff, Wales, Saint John Lloyd, priest and martyr, who under King Charles II was hanged for having exercised the priesthood in his homeland.

He was a native of Brecknockshire and belonged to an ancient Welsh family, very little information is available about his life. We do know that he entered the English College in Valladolid, Spain, in1649, under the fictitious name of Floyd, where he received the sacred order on July 7, 1653 (cf. Bnglish Registers of the College at Valladolid 11589-1862, ed. E. Henson, London 1930, p. 164). He studied philosophy and theology, and was immediately launched on a mission to England, so he returned on April 17, 1654, going to his native Wales, whhere, for almost twenty-five years he continued his activities. We don’t have much information abou his missionary work or the circumstances of his capture, which occurred on the end of 1678 in the house of Turberville at Penllyne in the county of Glamorgan.

St. John Lloyd is one of the many victims of the merciless persecution caused by the alleged Papist plot conceived by the evil English adventurer Titus Oates. Locked in a secret castle of Cardano for over five months before the persecutors were able to induce someone to testify against him, he was finally tried on May 5, 1679, and declared guilty of high treason to be ordained a priest abroad and have practiced at home the functions of the ministry against the prohibition of the law then in force, thus condemned to death by hanging and subsequent rendering. The execution of the sentence, however, was held over two and a half months later, in Cardiff on July 22, 1679. Before being executed, Saint John Lloyd, exposed the real reasons for their deaths in a short speech, the text of which is reported by R. Challoner (see op. Cit.).

Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December. 1929 (cf. AAS, XXII [1930], p. 18, n. CXLVI), St. John Lloyd is commemorated July 22, together with the Jesuit Priest, Philip Evans who was captured shortly before he was and met the same fate.

Canononized on October 29, 1970 by Pope Paul VI, as one of 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe, January 21

January 21, 2009

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Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe

Bury St. Edmond’s 1580-Tyburn, January 21, 1642

Missionary and martyr, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Alban is believed to have been born in Bury St. Edmund’s, England, about 1580. He converted to Catholicism and went to the English College at Douai, where he was dismissed for an infraction of discipline. In 1612 he became an ordained Benedictine at Dieulouard, France. From there he was sent to England. In 1615 he was arrested and banished. In 1618 he returned to England and was imprisoned again. This imprisonment lasted until 1623, when the Spanish ambassador obtained his release. In 1625, once again having returned to England to care for Catholics, Alban was arrested for the last time. For seventeen years he remained in prison and was then tried and condemned. Alban was sentenced with Thomas Reynolds, another English martyr. They were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn on January 21, 1642.

Alban Bartholomew Roe was declared venerable on December 8, 1921 by Pope Pius XI and beatified on December 15 of the same year. Blessed Alban Roe was canonized on October 25, 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales whose feast day is October 25.

Source:  Catholic Online