January 21, October 25 – Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe: Patron Saint of Refugees

Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe (Patron Saint of Refugees) (Memorials: January 21;

October 25 [as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales])

Extract from ST. ALBAN ROE(Bartholomew Roe 1583-1642): “. . .one of the Forty English martyrs canonized by the Church. Bartholomew Roe was born at Suffolk, England, in 1583 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He was reared in a good Anglican home and later attended Cambridge University. It was while he was attending this university, during a summer break, that he visited the Abbey of St. Alban just north of London. At that time, the Abbey was a prison for Catholics. It was named after the first English martyr, Alban who died around the end of the third century. . . . It was at this Abbey that Bartholomew met a prisoner, whose name is unknown to this day, who inspired him to take a good hard look at the faith of forefathers. Returning to Cambridge, this inspiration grew into faith and he was baptized. Not content with this, he decided to become a priest in Post Reformation England, he left for France to study for the priesthood. He was accepted by the Benedictine Community in France, the same community that had fled Westminister during the reign of Henry VIII. He began to care for Catholic prisoners. He was soon imprisoned but continued his ministry with his good disposition. He was finally ordered to die by hanging on January 21, 1642. He was declared Blessed on December 15, 1929 and canonized on October, 1970.” See PICTURE of Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe. See also: January 21 – Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe: Patron Saint of Refugees.

Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe (Patron Saint of Refugees) (Memorials: January 21; October 25 [as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales])

Extract from Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe: “Convert to Catholicism. Studied at the English College at Douai, France, but was dismissed for an infraction of discipline. Benedictine priest in 1612 at Dieulouard, France. Missionary to England. He was arrested and exiled in 1615 for his work. Returning to England in 1618, he was arrested again.  . . . Soon after, Alban returned to his homeland and continued his covert ministry. Arrested again in 1625, he lay in prison for 17 years before being tried and condemned to death for the crime of priesthood.  One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, dying with Blessed Thomas Reynolds.” See picture of Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Alban Bartholomew Roe on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Refugees displaced by clashes in Somalia (March 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 29- April 11, 2010.

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Resources:

Catholic Forum:  ST. ALBAN ROE (Bartholomew Roe 1583-1642)
Catholic Online:  St. Alban Bartholomew Roe
Catholic Encyclopedia:  Bartholomew Roe

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