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ST. EDMUND ARROWSMITH – Jesuit priest and martyr.

Feast Day: August 28th

Born: 1585

Martyred: 1628

Born at Haydock in 1585, the son of Robert Arrowsmith a yeoman farmer. He was educated first by an unknown elderly priest in the school at Sennely Green and then at the English College, Douai. He was ordained priest in 1612 and returned to Lancashire in 1613.

He became renowned for his fearless and forthright ministry.

In 1622 he was arrested. after examination by the Bishop of Chester he was released. Some years later he joined the Society of Jesus in their novitiate at Clerkenwell.

In 1628 he was denounced and was indicted at Lancaster Assizes for being a seminary priest. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Until the very last moment he was promised his life if he would renounce his faith. He was executed at Lancaster on 28th August 1628 and was hung, drawn and quartered.

St Edmund was canonised by Pope Paul V1 in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

His hand is preserved and venerated in this church.

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