Blessed John Rugg



Former fellow of the two Saint Mary Winton colleges. Priest. First holder of the Wykehamical prebend “Bursalis” at the Chichester Cathedral. Obtained a dispensation from residence, and was living as a Benedictine monk at Reading, Berkshire, England in 1532. Believed to have hidden the hand of Saint Anastasius, a relic housed in the cathedral, when the king‘s men seized the relics in the Reading abbey, and which was rediscovered during renovations in 1786. For this, and for denying the king‘s as head of the Church, he was executed. Martyr.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed John Rugg“. 14 December 2013. Web. 23 August 2014. <>