In the Archdiocese of Birmingham, today is the Feast of St John Wall, Priest and Martyr. A Lancashire man, he was educated at Douai and Rome, and joined the Friars Minor, taking the name Fr Joachim of St Anne. He came in 1656 to the Worcester Mission, and served until his martyrdom in Worcester in 1679. He is said to have spent much time at Harvington Hall, which is still a place of pilgrimage in the Archdiocese.

May he pray for us, in the challenges to faith of our own day, and may God bless you.