Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors – Father John Genings, O.S.F., died 1660

17th century line engraving of Father John Genings, artist unknownArticle

The news of his brother’s martyrdom in December 1591 caused John Genings joy rather than sorrow, since he deemed it an escape from all Edmund’s arguments and persuasions in favour of the Catholic religion, being himself strongly against the faith. But about ten days after his brother’s execution, having spent all that day in sport and jollity, being weary with play, he returned home. There his heart felt heavy, and he began to weigh how idly he had passed the day. His brother’s death came before him, and how he had abandoned all worldly pleasures, and for the sake of religion alone endured intolerable torments. Then the contrast of their two lives the one mortified, fearing sin, the other spent in self-indulgence and in every kind of vice. Struck with remorse, he wept bitterly and besought God to show him the truth. In an instant joy filled his heart with a tender reverence for the Blessed Virgin and the Saints, of whom he had scarcely heard. He longed now to be of his brother’s faith, and gloried in his eternal happiness. He left England secretly, was made priest at Douay, became a Franciscan, and the first Provincial of the renewed English Province.

MLA Citation

  • Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Father John Genings, O.S.F., died 1660”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 April 2019. Web. 4 August 2021. <>