SAINT JOHN FISHER, CARDINAL OF ENGLAND

(1469-1535)

FEAST DAY:  JUNE 22ND

 

John Fisher was born at Beverly, in Yorkshire, England.  At the age of twenty-two,  he was ordained a priest at Cambridge.  In 1501 he became the vice-chancelllor and in 1504 the chancelor in England.  He was appointed the bishop of Rochester.  He opposed the spreading of the Protestant faith through his writings which included a work on the Real Presence of the Eucharist, Assertio Septem Sacramentorum which is wrote in 1521.  In 1529. he became the counselor to Queen Catherine of Aragon, who he assisted in opposing King Henry's divorce from Catherine.  For his opposition to King Henry, he was imprisoned in the tower of London, at which time Pope Paul III named him a cardinal in the Catholic Church of England.  After ten months in prison in the tower of England, John was put on trial for opposing the King and was sentenced to death by beheading.  He was joined by Saint Thomas More in their opposition to King Henry's break from the Catholic Church and its teaching.  He was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.

 

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