Edmund Arrowsmith

Edmund Arrowsmith

Saint of the Roman Catholic Church, priest from the monastic order of the Jesuits
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Edmund Arrowsmith
  2. Education and Ministry
  3. Arrest and Martyrdom
  4. Beatification and Canonization

Biography of Edmund Arrowsmith

Edmund Arrowsmith was a priest and martyr of the Society of Jesus, a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church. Born in 1585 in the suburbs of Lancashire, England, he came from a family that faced constant persecution due to their unwavering commitment to Catholicism. Edmund's parents were Robert Arrowsmith, an English landowner, and Margery Gerard, who came from an aristocratic family well-known in Lancashire. Among his maternal relatives were Miles Gerard, who was martyred and is revered as a blessed in the Catholic Church, and the English historian John Gerard.

Education and Ministry

In 1605, Edmund Arrowsmith traveled to the city of Douai in France to pursue his studies to become a Catholic priest. However, due to poor health, he was forced to return to England. In 1607, he continued his education in Douai. On December 9, 1612, Edmund was ordained as a priest in the French city of Arras. He then embarked on a mission to England, where he engaged in underground pastoral work among English Catholics in Oxford.

Arrest and Martyrdom

In 1622, Edmund Arrowsmith was arrested for his illegal activities but was soon released. In 1624, he joined the Society of Jesus, a religious order also known as the Jesuits. In early 1628, he was arrested again and sentenced to death by being quartered and hanged. On August 28, 1628, he was executed for his faith.

Beatification and Canonization

In 1929, Edmund Arrowsmith was beatified by Pope Pius XI, and in 1970, he was canonized by Pope Paul VI as one of the 40 English and Welsh martyrs. His relics are preserved in the Catholic Church of St. Oswald in Ashton-in-Makerfield, England. He is commemorated in the Catholic Church on October 25th.