Sunday, July 12, 2009

St Oliver Plunkett




St Oliver's feast day was actually yesterday on the 11th but I had no time to devote to the blog until today. He was Irish and the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. His jurisdiction included the Hebrides and part of Scotland but he was never able to visit there. He became the last Catholic martyr to die in England. He was canonized in 1975 by Pope Paul VI, the first canonized Irish saint for almost 7 centuries.

The good old Catholic Encyclopædia has a longish biography of him here.

Wikipedia has a shorter one here, but with some pictures of his shrine in Drogheda.

The picture at the top was found in Vultus Christi, Fr Mark's beautiful and spiritually enriching blog at this post.