Catherick, Edmund, Bl.
CATHERICK, EDMUND, BL.
Priest and martyr, alias Huddleston; b. Carlton, near Richmond, North Riding, Yorkshire, England, c. 1605;d. hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, April 13, 1642. Edmund was born into a recusant Catholic family, educated at the English College of Douai, and ordained abroad. Thereafter he ministered for seven years in Yorkshire until he was arrested near Watlas. He was examined by Justice Dodsworth, a close relative, to whom he made admission of his priesthood under the guise of kinship. Catherick was convicted, arraigned at York, and condemned to death together with Bl. John lockwood. His mortal remains were buried at Toft Green, but later translated to St. Gregory's Monastery, Downside. The skull, which had been displayed on Micklegate Bar to discourage other Catholic sympathizers, is now at Hazlewood Castle. He was beatified by Pius XI on December 15, 1929.
Feast of the English Martyrs: May 4 (England).
See Also: england, scotland and wales, martyrs of.
Bibliography: r. challoner, Memoirs of Missionary Priests, ed. j. h. pollen (rev. ed. London 1924; repr. Farnborough 1969). j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).
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