The feast day of St. John Roberts is celebrated on October 25. He is considered one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales whose joint feast day is October 25.
St. John Roberts was born to John and Anna Roberts in 1575 at Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire, North Wales. He studied law. While traveling in Paris he converted to Catholicism. After studying at the English College at Vallodolid for a year he left to join the Abbey of St. Benedict. He was ordained a priest and soon traveled to England.
While in England, St. John Roberts was arrested several times. He returned to Englan and worked serving those afflicted by the plaque. He was arrested a second time in 1604 while traveling to Spain. Not knowing he was a priest he was soon released but he returned again. On Nov. 5, 1605, he was arrested again and imprisoned at Westminister for seven months and exiled in 106 for 14 months. He founded a house for English Benedictine monks during this time which eventually became known as the Monastery of St. Gregory.
Arrested again in 1607, he escaped after several months. Knowing he would be executed if caught again, he still returned to England. He was arrested on Dec. 2, 1610 as the Mass he was celebrating came to an end. When he refused to sign the Oath of Supremacy he was tried and condemned to death.
On Dec. 10, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. His body disappeared during the French Revolution.
In 1970, St. John Roberts was canonized by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
“Were I to live longer, I would continue to do what I have been doing.”
Quote of St. John Roberts
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