Book of Saints – Saint Thomas More

detail from 'Portrait of Sir Thomas More' by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1527, tempera on wood, Frick Collection, New York, New YorkArticle

June 22

Thomas More went to school in London. He served as a page for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Later, he studied law.

Thomas married. After the death of his wife, he remarried for the sake of his four children. The family lived happily and shared their money with the poor.

King Henry VIII made him Chancellor of England, a position second only to that of the king himself. Thomas saw that the poor were protected against injustice.

Once while Thomas was at Mass, which he attended every morning, King Henry sent for him. He did not leave until the Mass was finished, but sent this message: “As soon as my audience with the King of Heaven is ended, I will at once obey the desire of my earthly king.”

King Henry wanted a law passed making himself head of the Church of England, because the Pope would not grant him a divorce from the Queen. Thomas resigned and was arrested. He suffered much in prison for his Faith. He prayed for the king before he was beheaded in 1535.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Thomas More”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2019. Web. 17 January 2019. <>