John Goodman (Jesuit)

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John Goodman (died 1645) was a Welsh Jesuit novice and secular priest active in England. He was born in Denbighshire and graduated from St John's College, Cambridge, being ordained in the Church of England in 1618.[1] He became a Catholic convert and seminary priest in France, around 1621, before returning to England on mission.[2]

Goodman was jailed and sentenced to death under an Elizabethan penal law which made it illegal for Jesuits to be in England. He was granted a reprieve by Charles I but was questioned by the Long Parliament. Charles I did not interfere and Parliament was content to let Goodman die in prison in 1645.



  1. ^ "Goodman, John (GDMN612J2)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Sheils, William Joseph. "Goodman, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/67455.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)