John Almond (martyr)
Allerton near Liverpool
|Died||December 5, 1612
|Beatified||1929, Rome by Pope Pius XI|
|Canonized||1970, Rome by Pope Paul VI, as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales|
(25 October as part of the 40 Martyrs)
Early years and life as a skilled debater
John Almond was born c1577 at Allerton (near Liverpool), and passed his childhood there and at Much Woolton, Lancashire until at the age of eight, he was taken to Ireland. He went to the English College in Rome, at the age of twenty, where he was ordained as a priest, returning to England as a missionary in 1602. He concluded his term there by giving the 'Grand Act' -- a public defence of theses which cover the whole course of philosophy and theology—and was warmly congratulated by Cardinals Caesar Baronius and Francesco Maria Tarugi, who presided.
Return to England and martyrdom
He returned to the dangers of England in 1602 as a secular priest and administered to the faithful there. He was arrested in 1608, and then again in 1612. In November of 1612, seven priests escaped from prison. John Almond was hanged, drawn, and quartered on 5 December 1612 at Tyburn, London, England.
- Pollen SJ, John Hungerford, Acts of the English Martyrs, Burns & Oates, Ltd., London, 1891
- Townships: Speke, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 131-140
- Ryan, Patrick W.F. "Ven. John Almond." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 2 Feb. 2013