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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Latest News

1507, 2019

Public speaking

The St John Fisher public speaking team deserve praise for their excellent efforts in the recent Archdiocese Public Speaking competition which was held at St John Rigby College. We had three participants, all from Yr 8: * Charlie - Kate Davies who spoke about the media and the control it [...]

207, 2019

Faith’s London award

Good Luck to Faith in Year 8 who on Wednesday is off to the SoHo Theatre in London as she has been nominated for a Million Minuets Young People Award. Faith is fluent in sign language, which she taught herself, and gives up her free time to act as an [...]

2606, 2019

10R dig deep for CAFOD

10R should be very proud of themselves after raising an amazing £62 through donating spare change every morning during form time. After learning about CAFOD’s work in collective worship, students in 10R dug deep into their pockets and managed to raise this fantastic total. Their form tutor Mr Burke said [...]

2606, 2019

Music and Dance competition

Talented students from SJF attended the Archdiocese Media Competition at Liverpool Hope University. Both the dance and the music entries performed well and were a credit to the school. Our music entry won their category and received some very good feedback on their performance. The dance entry performed very well [...]