Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable John Sandys

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English martyr, born in the Diocese of Chester; executed at Gloucester, 11 August 1586. He arrived at Reims 4 June 1583, was ordained priest in the Holy Cross Chapel of Reims Cathedral by the Cardinal Archbishop, Louis de Guise, and was sent on the mission 2 October 1584. He was cut down while fully conscious and had a terrible struggle with the executioner, who had blackened his face to avoid recognition and used a rusty and ragged knife; but his last words were a prayer for his persecutors.

MLA Citation

  • John Wainewright. “Venerable John Sandys”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 December 2018. Web. 16 May 2021. <>