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English Saint Enshrined (1930): Blessed John Southworth

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BritishPathe Remains of blessed John Southworth - martyred in 17th century - placed in Westminster Cathedral. London. Saint John Southworth was ordained a priest in 1619 at Douai, an English college…More
BritishPathe Remains of blessed John Southworth - martyred in 17th century - placed in Westminster Cathedral. London. Saint John Southworth was ordained a priest in 1619 at Douai, an English college based in what is now France during a time when Catholicism was illegal in England. After he graduated, he started his ministry in Lancashire.

Here, the priest was first arrested and jailed in London. In 1630, he was deported to France but returned to attend to those sickened by the plague. The priests was then arrested in 1637 and continued his ministry in and out of jail until his execution in 1654.

During his trial, St. John Southworth refused to hide that he was a priest and was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered in Tyburn.