ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 10
St John Roberts, born in Trawsfynydd, Wales, converted from Protestantism as a young adult and, after being received into the Catholic Church, first entered the English College at Valladolid in 1598, and, after a year there, made his novitiate at the great Abbey of St Martin at Compostella. His studies completed he was ordained, and set out for England at the end of 1602.
HE HAD A GOVERNMENT SPY ON HIS CASE
Having a spy on his case, he was, over the space of several years, banished, and re-entered England, time and time again. During his undercover spells in England, he ministered to the plague-stricken faithful in London. On 2nd December, 1610, he was arrested while celebrating Holy Mass. He was taken to Newgate in his vestments. He was found guilty of being a Catholic priest and hung, drawn and quartered on 10th December, 1610, at Tyburn.
Almighty and eternal God,
you gave to blessed John
wisdom in defending the Catholic faith and courage in facing a martyr’s death:
listen to our prayers
and send us an ever greater harvest
of faith, hope and love.
Through our Lord…