Bishop, Martyr (July 1) (17th century) Born in 1629 and ordained priest in 1654, this Irish Saint devoted himself to the saving of souls. Consecrated (A.D. 1669) Archbishop of Armagh, he laboured successfully in restoring the discipline of the Irish Church, laid waste by the continuous persecuting of Catholicism in that age. He was arrested on a charge of complicity in one of the sham plots of the time, and brought for trial to London. The notorious Jeffries, not yet a Judge, was the prosecuting counsel. Chief Justice Pemberton, “whose conducting of the trial (writes Lord Campbell) was a disgrace to himself and his country,” in condemning the Martyr to death, said: “Your treason is of the highest nature. A greater crime cannot be committed against God than for a man to endeavour to propagate your religion.” Blessed Oliver was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn (A.D. 1681). The words: “I desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ” are his last recorded utterance. His body is now enshrined at Downside Abbey, near Bath. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XV (A.D. 1920).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Oliver Plunket”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 May 2016. Web. 17 January 2017. <>