Sandys, John, Bl.

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Priest, martyr; b. in the Diocese of Chester or Lancashire, England; hanged, drawn, and quartered Aug. 11, 1586 at Gloucester. He studied at Oxford and Rheims (158384), where he was ordained priest (1584) by Cardinal Louis de Guise. On October 2 that year, he was sent to Gloucestershire, where he labored until his arrest and conviction as an unlawful priest. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Nov. 22, 1987 with George Haydock and Companions.

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); Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891). yepes, Historia Particular de la persecucion de Inglaterra (Madrid, 1599). stapleton, Post-Reformation Catholic Missions in Oxfordshire (London, 1906).

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