Daily Martyrology for March 22

In the Tower of London, in 1606, St. Nicholas Owen, martyr. He was arrested with St. Edmund Campion in 1581, but eventually released. His specialty was building 'priest holes', hiding places for priests within the houses of Catholics during a period when Catholics were persecuted in England. He made a great many of these; they saved many priests from death and many Catholic families from dispossession. He was arrested again in 1594 with Fr. John Gerard, racked, and eventually released. He was arrested a final time in 1606 with three priests. Though by English law he was exempt from torture, having been maimed years before when a horse fell on him, he was tortured on the rack for six days. He died without divulging any information.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.