About St John Fisher

St John Fisher
St John Fisher1469-1535
John Fisher was born in Beverley in Yorkshire in 1469. He went to study at Cambridge University and obtained a number of degrees. John Fisher became a priest in 1491. His brilliant mind ensured that he rose quickly in the Church, and he eventually became Bishop of Rochester in 1504 and also became Chancellor of Cambridge University.

John Fisher became the confessor and chaplain to Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VIII. Problems arose when King Henry VIII wanted to get divorced and John Fisher was against this as it went against the Church’s teaching.

John Fisher was executed by Henry VIII for refusing to accept the King as the head of the Church in England and maintaining that the Pope is the head of the Church.

His Yorkshire roots ensured a plain-speaking loyalty to the truth that led to his martyrdom. He remains the only British cardinal to be martyred and the only bishop in England who held out against Henry VIII until the very end.

He was made a saint because of his Martyrdom and his feast day is celebrated on the 22nd June.

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