Blessed John Gavan

detail of an Italian holy card of Blessed John Gavan, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • John Gawen



Educated at the Jesuit College, Saint Omer, France. Priest. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in Staffordshire. Took his final vows as a Jesuit in 1678 in Boscobel, England. Eloquent and effective preacher. Betrayed to the English priest hunters by an apostate priest named Schibber, he was arrested on 29 January 1679 during the persecutions connected to the Titus Oates Plot, a non-existent plan to assassinate Charles II. He defended himself and four fellow Jesuits in their trial at the Old Bailey, but to no avail; the trial rules included the principal that no Catholic could be believed in court. Martyr.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed John Gavan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2017. Web. 22 September 2021. <>