Does the following sound like a saint you know? His name was Thomas. He was an English nobleman who lived in the sixteenth century and who was married and had children. He was deeply influenced by his father. He was charged with treason, and he was martyred by the monarch because he remained steadfastly loyal to the Catholic Church and the pope.
The years after the so-called English Reformation were indeed tumultuous. Of course, it was not an easy time for Catholics, and many of the Catholic nobility were persecuted for staying true to the ancient faith. One of those who gave up his life for Christ and His Kingdom was Bl. Thomas Percy.
The Pilgrimage of Grace
Thomas Percy (1528 - 1572) was born as the elder son to Sir Thomas and his wife Eleanor. When he was only eight years of age, his father was executed for his participation in 1536 in what was called the Pilgrimage of Grace.
Under the Reign of Queen Mary
The Tide Changes
Another Failed Rebellion and Martyrdom
Thomas' deepest sorrow was that he was separated from his wife and children after he had been captured. After his death, his wife and children were exiled to France where Anne died twenty-four years later. Thomas' youngest daughter Mary, whom he might never have met because she was born after he had been captured, founded a Benedictine convent in Brussels, Belgium. The majority of current Benedictine convents in England are descendants of that convent founded by Mary Percy.
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