Blessed Thomas Holland

Blessed Thomas HollandAlso known as

  • Thomas Sanderson
  • Thomas Hammond



Apparently the son of Richard Holland, a landed gentleman. Studied at Saint Omer, France, and Valladolid, Spain in 1621. Jesuit novice at Watten, Flanders, Belgium in 1624. Ordained in 1624 at Liège, Belgium. Parish priest at Ghent. Prefect of Saint Omer’s. Spiritual co-adjutor at Ghent on 28 May 1634. He returned to England c.1635 to minister to covert Catholics, living on the run and using false names due to government perscution. He was skilled in disguises, spoke flawless French, Spanish, and Flemish, and could fool many. Arrested in London on 4 October 1642 for the crime of priesthood. He refused to cooperate with the trial proceedings, was convicted of being a priest, and sentenced to die. While awaiting execution, he ministered to other prisoners. Martyr.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Thomas Holland“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 February 2019. Web. 14 June 2021. <>