Blessed James Bell

statue of Blessed James Bell, date and artist unknown; Saint Werburgh's Church, Birkenhead, England; photographed on 12 October 2015 by Kitgehrke; swiped from Wikipedia CommonsMemorial


Educated at Oxford University. Priest. Though he resisted the Reformation changes at first, he eventually conformed to the rules of the state church under Queen Elizabeth, and served as a minister in the Church of England for 20 years. Taken to task by a Catholic woman for abandoning his vows, he returned to his Catholic faith and spent two years ministering to impoverished, covert Catholics. Martyred with Blessed John Finch.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed James Bell“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2020. Web. 16 May 2021. <>