St. John Fisher

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22

Patron Of: Diocese of Rochester, New York

Also known as
    John of Rochester
    John Fisher of Rochester

    22 June
    formerly 13 June
    formerly 9 July

    Studied theology at Cambridge University, receiving degrees in 1487 and 1491. Parish priest in Northallerton, England from 1491 to 1494. Gained a reputation for his teaching abilities. Proctor of Cambridge University. Confessor to Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, in 1497. Bishop of Rochester, England in 1504; he worked to raise the standard of preaching in his see. Chancellor of Cambridge. Tutor of the young King Henry VIII. Excellent speaker and writer. When in 1527 he was asked to study the problem of Henry's marriage, he became the target of Henry's wrath by defending the validity of the marriage and rejecting Henry's claim to be head of the Church in England. Imprisoned in 1534 for his opposition, he spent 14 months in prison without trial. While in prison he was created cardinal in 1535 by Pope Paul III. Martyr.

    1469 at Beverly, Yorkshire, England

    martyred on 22 June 1535 on Tower Hill, Tyburn, England
    buried in the churchyard of All Hallows, Barking, without rites or a shroud
    head exhibited on London Bridge for two weeks as an example, then thrown into the River Thames
    relics in Saint Peter's Church in the Tower of London

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

    1935 by Pope Pius XI

    diocese of Rochester, New York

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