Monday, July 11, 2011

10 July -- St Oliver Plunkett

Today is the feast of St Oliver Plunkett in the Anglican Use calendar. He was a 17th century Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. At that time his jurisiction included the Hebrides and some other parts of Scotland. He was the last official martyr of the English reformation persecutions and the last of Titus Oates's victims.

Wikipedia has a good life of St Oliver here. It incorporates much of the Catholic Encyclopædia's vita but is a bit more up-to-date.

The original of the picture above hangs in the Irish College in Rome. I found the digital copy in the Vultus Christi blog a couple of years ago in a post about the author's visit to the Irish College. The blog itself is a nice addition to the spiritual life of the web and well-worth a visit. The Irish College post itself is here.