New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed John Fisher

detail of a line engraving of Saint John Fisher; 1697 by Gerard Valck, based on a work by Adriaen van der Werff; original work in possession of the National Portrait Gallery, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr, Cardinal and Bishop of Rochester, born Beverly, Yorkshire, England, 1459; died Tyburn, England, 1535. He received his degree of B.A. from Cambridge, 1487, and his M.A. in 1491. He occupied the vicarage of Northallerton, 1491-1494, when he became a proctor of Cambridge University. In 1497 he was appointed confessor to Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, mother of Henry VII. Consecrated Bishop of Rochester, 1504, he served as chancellor of Cambridge and tutor of Prince Henry (Henry VIII). He opposed Henry in his divorce proceedings against Catherine, and resisted the encroachment of the king on the Church. Refusing to take the oath of succession which acknowledged the issue of Henry and Anne as legitimate heirs to the throne, he was sent to the Tower, 1534. In 1535 he was created cardinal by Pope Paul III. Henry retaliated by having him beheaded. His works consist chiefly of ascetical and controversial treatises. Relics in Saint Peter’s Church in the Tower. Beatified, 1888.

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