Felton, Thomas, Bl.

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Minim friar, martyr; b. 1567, Bermondsey Abbey, England; hanged at Isleworth, Aug. 28, 1588. Thomas, son of the martyr Bl. John felton, left his father's faith for a time to conform to the new religion. Repenting of his sin, he joined the Minims and was tonsured in 1583. He was arrested before being professed, but was tortured horribly and executed for being reconciled to the Church. Thomas was beatified by Pius XI on Dec. 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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