In the Archdiocese of Birmingham, today is also the Feast of St John Wall, Priest and Martyr. Born in Lancashire, he was educated at Douai and in Rome. He joined the Order of Friars Minor, taking the name Fr Joachim of St Anne. In 1656 he was sent to assist in the Worcester Mission, where he served until 1679, when he was martyred.

May he pray for us here in all our own trials for the faith, and may God bless you.