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Saint Robert Southwell - Feast Day: February 21

Memorial 21 February 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai Profile Raised in a piously Catholic family. Educated at Douai and at Paris…More
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21 February
25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Raised in a piously Catholic family. Educated at Douai and at Paris, France. Joined the Jesuits in 1580. Prefect of studies in the English College at Rome, Italy. Ordained in 1584. Returned to England in 1586 to minister to covert Catholics, working with Henry Garnett. Chaplain to Ann Howard, wife of Saint Philip Howard, in 1589. Wrote a number of pamphlets on living a pious life. Arrested in 1595 for the crime of being a priest. Repeatedly tortured in hopes of learning the location of other priests. He was so badly treated in prison that his family petitioned for a quick trial, knowing that his certain death would be better than the conditions in which he was housed. He spent three years imprisoned in the Tower of London, and was tortured on the rack ten times; between abuses he studied the Bible and wrote poetry. He was finally tried and convicted for …More