In Worcestershire, today is also the Memoria of St Nicholas Owen, Jesuit Lay Brother and martyr during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. A master carpenter, he was responsible for constructing many of the priests’ holes up and down the country. In hiding for some years, he was finally apprehended at Hindlip Hall. He was tortured without mercy and died in the night between 1 and 2 February 1606, without revealing anything to his captors.

As we remember those who are even now suffering for the Faith, let us ask the intercession of St Nicholas Owen, that they may remain strong and firm. May God bless you this day.