(Blessed) Bishop, Martyr (June 22) (16th century) One of the first and perhaps the most illustrious of the English Martyrs of the sixteenth century. Born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge, he was consecrated Bishop of Rochester A.D. 1504. Thirty years later he bravely upheld the cause of Queen Catharine of Aragon against her adulterous husband; and on the unlawful oath of Royal Supremacy being tendered to him steadfastly refused to defile his conscience by taking it. For this he was beheaded in the Tower of London, A.D. 1535, his age, infirmities, merits and the popular veneration in which he was held notwithstanding. He died with the words of the Te Deum on his lips, and was buried in the Tower.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “John Fisher”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2013. Web. 29 May 2015. <>