Monday, September 23, 2019

Saint Robert Southwell – Saint of the Day – February 21

Saint Robert Southwell Biography

Saint Robert Southwell Profile. Born: 1561 AD in the United Kingdom, Europe. Worked in England. Died: 21 February 1595 in Tyburn, London, England. Feast Day is celebrated on February 21.

The Memorial of Saint Robert Southwell – Saint of the Day

Saint Robert Southwell Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1561 AD
Country of Birth The United Kingdom in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Priests
Profession Missionary
Place of Work England
Date of Death 21 February 1595
Place of Death Tyburn, London, England
Feast Day February 21
Beatification Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December 1929
Canonization Canonized by Pope Paul VI on 25 October 1970
Patron Saint of N/A

Biography

Saint Robert Southwell was raised in a religious Catholic family. He got his education at Douai and in Paris, France. Later, he joined the Jesuits in 1580 and was selected the prefect of studies in the English College at Rome, Italy. Robert was ordained in 1584 and then returned to England in 1586 to minister to covert Catholics, working with Henry Garnett.

He then became the chaplain to Ann Howard, wife of Saint Philip Howard, in 1589 and Wrote a number of pamphlets on living a religious life. Robert was then arrested in 1595 for the crime of being a priest and was repeatedly tortured in hopes of learning the location of other priests. He was treated harshly in prison that his family petitioned for a quick trial, knowing that his certain death would be better than the conditions in which he treated in the prisons.

Robert spent three years imprisoned in the Tower of London and was tortured ten times. However, he studied the Bible and wrote poetry besides all these conditions. He was finally tried and convicted for treason, having admitted his accusations. He was one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

St. Robert Southwell
St. Robert Southwell