Edmund Gennings

(1567—1591) Roman Catholic priest and martyr

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(1567–91), priest and martyr. Born at Lichfield, Gennings was brought up as a Protestant but became a Catholic under the influence of Richard Sherwood, whose page he became in 1583. He entered the English College at Reims in 1584 and, in spite of interrupting his studies for suspected tuberculosis, was ordained priest in 1590. He returned to England the same year, landing at Whitby, but went to Lichfield hoping to convert his brother; he was, however, unsuccessful and returned to France. In 1591 he returned to London. He soon met a fellow priest, Polydore Plasden; together they decided to say Mass at the house of Swithun Wells in Gray's Inn Lane the next day. Here they were captured by the notorious pursuivant Topcliffe during Mass, with the congregation of ten, on 8 November. The two priests were tried and executed together at Gray's Inn Fields on 10 December. They were canonized by Paul VI in 1970 among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Feast: 25 October.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.

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