mercredi 4 février 2015

Bienheureux JOHN SPEED, martyr

Bienheureux Jean Speed, martyr

Jean Speed ou Spence, pour avoir protégé des prêtres catholiques, fut pendu à Durham, en Angleterre, l’an 1594 sous la reine Elisabeth Ière.

Bienheureux Jean Speed

martyr à Durham en Angleterre ( 1594)

John Speed ou Spence, laïc béatifié en 1929 avec les martyrs de Durham pour avoir protégé des prêtres catholiques dont saint John Boste.

À Durham en Angleterre, l’an 1594, le bienheureux Jean Speed, martyr. Sous la reine Élisabeth Ière, à cause de l’aide qu’il avait apporté à des prêtres, il fut condamné à mort et pendu au gibet.

Martyrologe romain

Blessed John Speed
English martyr, executed at Durham, 4 Feb., 1593-4, for assisting the venerable martyr St. John Boste, whom he used to escort from one Catholic house to another. He died with constancy, despising the inducements offered to bring him to conformity. With him was condemned Mrs. Grace Claxton, wife of William Claxton, of the Waterhouse, in the parish of Brancepeth, Durham, at whose house Boste was taken and probably Speed also. She was, however, reprieved on being found to be with child.

Note: In 1929, John Speed was beatified by Pope Pius XI as one of the Durham Martyrs. The priest John Boste was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.


CHALLONER, Missionary Priests, I, no. 100, ad finem; POLLEN, English Martyrs 1584-1603 (London, 1908), 239.