Feast of Sts. John Boste, George Swallowell, and John Ingram (July 24)   Leave a comment

English Roman Catholic Martyrs; died in 1594

St. John Boste was born circa 1544.  The Oxford-educated Boste left the Church of England and joined the Roman Catholic Church, which ordained him a priest in 1580.  After authorities arrested Boste for the crime of being a Roman Catholic priest, they tortured him, leaving his body so bent that he had to walk with a staff.

Tried with Boste at Durham was George Swallowell, a former Anglican clergyman who converted to Roman Catholicism.  After he confessed his faith in open court, Swallowell and Boste became martyrs at Dryden, outside Durham, on July 24, 1594.  Boste died while praying for his executioners.

John Ingram was also a convert to Roman Catholicism and a priest ordained in 1589.  Authorities arrested him in 1593 and executed him two days after the execution of Boste and Swallowell.  Before he died, however, Ingram wrote letters of encouragement to his fellow prisoners.


Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.  Inspire us with the memory of Saints John Boste, George Swallowell, and John Ingram, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38


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