Hers Is Not the Only Feast on July 6

Catholic publications often name only one saint’s optional memorial, obligatory memorial, feast, or solemnity per day.

However, the Catholic Church’s official list of saints always has many of them every day, usually about a dozen or much more.

Among the many whose day is July 6, there is one who abandoned Catholicism and then came back.

July 6 Feast of Blessed Thomas Alfield, Martyred Catholic Priest

Born in 1552 in Gloucestershire, England, at a time when Catholicism was illegal there, he became a Catholic as a young adult.

In March of 1581, he received priestly ordination in France, and returned to England to minister covertly among Catholics.

English authorities caught and imprisoned him for his priesthood in May of 1582.

Under force of torture, he abandoned Catholicism, accepted Protestantism, and so gained his release from prison.

In late September of 1583, he returned to Catholicism.

English authorities arrested him for circulating Catholic texts.

After torturing, trying, and convicting him, they hanged him on July 6, 1585.

The Catholic Church beatified him in 1929.

His feast on July 6 is the anniversary of his death as a martyr.

Ongoing Conversion
Ongoing Conversion

Published by Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, O.S.B.

Benedictine Monk and Priest of Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, California, in the Order of Saint Benedict

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