Our Beatified Alumni

Blessed Ralph Ashley SJ

Blessed Ralph Ashley SJ

Blessed Ralph Ashley (alias Sherington) is first recorded working as a cook the college in Douai but served as a Jesuit lay-brother at both the College of Rheims in the Low Countries (now France) and well as at Valladolid.

Having returned to England in 1598, he served Father Edward Oldcorne SJ for eight years before both were arrested near Worcester in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot and committed to the Tower of London. After numerous tortures, they were both tried for treason at Worcester before being condemned. Brother Ralph was drawn, hung and quartered on April 7 1607. He was beatified by Pope Pius IX on December 15 1929.

Blessed Edward Bamber

Blessed Edward Bamber

Lancashire-born Blessed Edward Bamber (alias Reding, Richardson, Wallis, Walsh) was a seminarian in St Omer, at the Royal English College in Valladolid and at the English College of St Gregory in Seville, where he was ordained a priest in 1626.

On his return to England, he disembarked in the port of Plymouth and was immediately stopped and incarcerated. Released, he spent 16 years serving the Catholic mission, mainly in Lancashire. Imprisoned again between 1643 and 1646, Father Edward was condemned for being a priest before being stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Lancaster on 7th August 1646. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Blessed Mark Barkworth OSB

Blessed Mark Barkworth OSB

Lincolnshire-born Blessed Mark Barkworth was raised a Protestant and studied at Oxford University before converting to the Catholic faith. He studied at Douai and Rome before entering the Royal English College in Valladolid in 1596. He was ordained a priest sometime before July 1599 when he returned to England to carry out missionary work with Father Thomas Garnet.

Arrested on reaching England, he was thrown into Newgate Prison, where he remained for six months before being transferred to Bridewell Prison. Condemned to death for being priest, he was drawn, hung and quartered at Tyburn, near London, on February 27 1601. He was beatified by Pope Pius IX on December 15 1929.

Blessed Arthur Bell OSF

Blessed Arthur Bell OSF

Born in Worcestershire in 1590, the son of a lawyer, Blessed Arthur Bell was a seminarian in St Omer and later at the Royal English College in Valladolid before being ordained a priest in Salamanca in 1618.

That same year while still in Spain, he entered the Franciscan Order. He worked in Douai, Gravelines and Brussels before returning to England to carry out missionary work between 1634 and 1646. Apprehended in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Father Arthur was condemned for being a priest before being stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on December 11 1643. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Blessed Thomas Bullaker OSF

Blessed Thomas Bullaker OSF

Born in Chichester, Sussex, in 1604, Blessed Thomas Bullaker (alias Tailor) was a seminarian at the Royal English College in Valladolid before leaving to enter the Franciscan order in 1622.

Ordained a priest in the convent of the Abrojo at Valladolid in about 1627, he spent 12 years working for the Catholic Mission in England. Having been arrested for a second time, he was condemned for being a priest before being stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, near London, on October 12 1642. He was beatified on November 22 1987.

Blessed Roger Cadwallador

Blessed Roger Cadwallador

Born in Herefordshire in 1568, Blessed Roger Cadwallador was seminarian at Rheims and at the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained a priest in 1593.

Back in England, he exercised his priestly ministry for 16 years, mainly in Herefordshire. Condemned for being a priest, Father Roger was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Leominster, Herefordshire, in August 1610. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 1987 22.

Blessed Ralph Corby SJ

Blessed Ralph Corby SJ

Born in Dublin but raised in Durham, Blessed Ralph Corby (alias Corbington) was educated at the College of St Omer before being sent to the seminary of St Gregory at Seville and then the Royal English College in Valladolid.

He was admitted into the Society of Jesus in 1631 before undertaking his apostolic work around Durham. Seized by parliamentarians while clothed in his Mass vestments, he was committed to Newgate Prison. At his trial at the Old Bailey, he was condemned for being a priest before being stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on September 7 1644. He was beatified by Pope Pius IX on December 15 1929.

Blessed Robert Drury

Blessed Robert Drury

Born in Buckinghamshire in 1567, Blessed Robert Drury was a seminarian at Rheims before transferring to the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained a priest in around 1595.

He exercised his apostolic ministry in the London area but when he refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the newly-crowned King James I, he was condemned for being priest before being stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on February 26 1607. He was beatified by the Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Blessed Roger Filcock SJ

Blessed Roger Filcock SJ

Born in Sandwich, Kent, Blessed Roger Filcock was a seminarian at Rheims and was among the first to study at the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained a priest around 1597. Working under the name of Arthur Naylor, he began his mission in England and was admitted in the Society of Jesus.

Betrayed by a former fellow student at Valladolid, he was sent to Newgate Prison in London, where he was condemned for being a priest. He was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, near London, on February 27 1601, alongside his fellow former Valladolid seminarian, Father Mark Barkworth. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Blessed Thomas Holland SJ

Blessed Thomas Holland SJ

Born in Sutton, Lancashire, Blessed Thomas Holland was educated at the College of St Omer before being admitted to the Royal English College in Valladolid and making his profession into the Society of Jesus in 1624. He was known to be skilled at disguising himself and could speak French, Spanish and Flemish. However, he was arrested in a London street on October 4 1642 and after being held at the New Prison and then Newgate, he was arraigned at the Old Bailey on December 7 for being a priest.

Father Holland refused to deny the charge and the jury found him guilty. He heard many confessions in prison and was able to say Mass shortly before being taken off to be hung and quartered in Tyburn on December 12 1642. Before his death he was allowed to make a speech and say many prayers. He was beatified by Pope Pius IX on December 15 1929.

Blessed Thomas Hunt

Blessed Thomas Hunt

Norfolk-born Blessed Thomas Hunt, also known as Benstead, was a seminarian in the Royal English College in Valladolid and later the English College of St Gregory in Seville, where he was ordained a priest in 1599.

Having returned to England to carry out missionary work, Father Thomas escaped imprisonment once before again being incarcerated. This time, he was condemned for being a priest, stripped, drawn, hung and quartered at Lincoln in July 1600. Pope John Paul II beatified him on November 22 1987.

Blessed Thomas Palaser OSF

Blessed Thomas Palaser OSF

Blessed Thomas Palaser OSF was born in Ellerton-upon-Sway, near Richmond, North Yorkshire and studied in the seminaries at Rheims and the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained priest in 1596. He then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in the north of the country and was arrested shortly afterwards but managed to escape.

However, he was arrested once more and condemned for the crime of being a priest. Father Palaser was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Durham on September 8 1600, the day the image of the Our Lady Vulnerata was solemnly received into the college chapel. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Blessed Richard Reynolds

Blessed Richard Reynolds

Born Thomas Green, Blessed Richard Reynolds was educated in France and studied at the seminary in Seville and the Royal English College in Valladolid before being ordained priest in Cádiz in 1592.

He worked as a priest in England for more than 50 years before his arrest in 1628. Condemned for being a priest, he spent 14 years in prison and at the age of 80 was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on January 21 1642, along with Blessed Alban Bartholomew Roe. He was beatified by Pope Pius XI on December 15 1929.

Blessed William Richardson

Blessed William Richardson

Blessed William Richardson grew up near Sheffield in South Yorkshire and was admitted as a pupil at the Royal English College in Valladolid and later the College of St Gregory in Seville. He was ordained a priest in 1594 and returned to England, where he lived under the alias William Anderson.

However, soon after his arrival he was betrayed by a trusted person and within a week he was condemned to death for being a priest and was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on February 17 1603. His martyrdom was the last to take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who died the following month. Pope Pius XI beatified him on December 15 1929.

Blessed William Southerne

Blessed William Southerne

Blessed William Southerne was born in the village of Ketton, near Darlington, County Durham, and studied as a seminarian at Douai and later at the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained a priest.

For fourteen years he worked for the re-conversion of the English, mainly in Northumberland. Condemned for being a priest, he was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on April 30 1618. Some 19th-century accounts incorrectly gave the site of execution as Newcastle-under-Lyme, in Staffordshire. Pope John Paul II beatified him on November 22 1987.

Blessed Thomas Whitaker

Blessed Thomas Whitaker

Blessed Thomas Whitaker (alias Starkie) was the son of a schoolmaster in Burnley, Lancashire. He studied for the priesthood at the Royal English College in Valladolid, where he was ordained priest in 1638. After returning to England he worked for five years in Lancashire and one on occasion was arrested but escaped while being taken to Lancaster Castle. He was arrested again at Goosnargh and spent six weeks in solitary confinement in Lancaster Castle.

Father Whitaker remained in prison for three years, rejecting all attempts to induce him to save his life by giving up his faith and devoting himself to prayer and charity towards his fellow captives. He was condemned to death for being a priest and hung, drawn and quartered at Lancaster along with Blessed Edward Bamber and Blessed John Woodcock on August 7 1646. He turned down the final offer of a pardon just before his death, telling the sheriff: "Use your pleasure with me, a reprieve or even a pardon upon your conditions I utterly refuse." He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1987.

Venerable Edward Morgan

Venerable Edward Morgan

Venerable Edward Morgan (alias Singleton) was born in the village of Bettisfield, North Wales and studied in the English Colleges at Rome, Madrid and the Royal English College in Valladolid and was ordained priest at Salamanca in 1621.

He returned to minister in Wales and in April 1629 was imprisoned in Flintshire for refusing to take the oath of allegiance and three years later in 1632 he was condemned in the Star Chamber to have his ears nailed to the pillory for accusing judges of treason. Father Morgan was committed to the Fleet Prison in London and condemned to death at the Old Bailey for being a priest on St George’s Day, April 23 1642. He was executed at Tyburn on April 26 1642.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - John 16:33

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