The followers of John Wyclif. His institution of the “poor priests” who taught the people in the vernacular gave form to his followers and the name Wyclifites is rightly applied to these, though they never regarded themselves as a sect apart from the Catholic Church. It was not in England but in Bohemia that the Wyclifites gained the greatest ground. There John Hus, using Wyclif’s writings as a basis, succeeded in all but overthrowing the Catholic Church and in making Wvclif’s teachings the religion of the nation. In the latter part of the last century the name Wyclifite has been appropriated by an extreme Low-church party in the Church of England.

MLA Citation

  • “Wyclifites”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 November 2018. Web. 23 April 2021. <>