Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Fr. John Southworth was Martyred on this Day on 28th June 1654

From http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/saints.htm:-

"(Portrait above) Born 1592. Fr. John Southworth came from a Lancashire family that chose to pay heavy fines rather than give up the Catholic faith. He was arrested under the Interregnum and was tried at the Old Bailey under Elizabethan anti-priest legislation . He pleaded guilty to exercising the priesthood and was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. At his execution at Tyburn, on 28 June 1654, he was not “drawn and quartered” as sentenced."

St John Southworth, priest & martyr, pray for your flock in London! This week the Saint's body is venerated in the nave of Westminster Cathedral.

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