Sunday, May 09, 2004

Blessed Thomas Pickering, O.S.B.

This is the feast of another of the English martyrs, this time of a lay brother, Blessed Thomas Pickering. Catholic Online Saints has this to say about him:

Benedictine martyr. Born in Westmoreland, England, he entered the Benedictines as a lay brother at Douai, France, and there took his vows in 1660. Going home to England, he became attached to the Benedictines in the service of the Chapel Royal of Queen Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II (r. 1660-1685). Arrested as part of the "Popish Plot," he was condemned and hanged at Tyburn.

The CE has a bit more here.