Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors – Venerable John Pibush, Priest, 1601

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Born at Thirsk in Yorkshire, he made his studies at Rheims, was ordained priest in 1587, and sent to the English Mission in 1589. His work lay in Gloucestershire, and after a year’s labours he was apprehended at Moreton le Marsh and committed to Gloucester jail. Some of the felons confined there having managed to break a passage through the walls, Pibush, like the other prisoners, made his escape. He was apprehended, however, the next day, sent up to London, tried, and condemned on account of his priesthood. For seven years his execution was postponed, and during the whole of that period he was kept in the Queen’s Bench huddled up with the other prisoners, some of them the worst of criminals. Through the miseries of his imprisonment he contracted a grievous infirmity, so that he was sometimes for hours without sense or movement. His worst sufferings, however, were from the brutality and blasphemies of his fellow-prisoners. His patience touched their hearts at last, and his jailor gave him a separate cell, in which at times he said Mass to the great comfort of his soul. He was executed at Saint Thomas’ Waterings, 18 February 1601.

MLA Citation

  • Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Venerable John Pibush, Priest, 1601”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 April 2019. Web. 2 August 2021. <>