Blessed Thomas Pilcher

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Studied at Balliol College, Oxford, England. Converted to Catholicism. Studied at Douai College, Rheims, France. Ordained a priest at Laon, France in 1583. He then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in Hampshire and Dorset. Arrested and condemned to death for the crime of being a priest.

Born

Died

  • hanged, drawn and quartered on 21 March 1587 in Dochester, Dorset, England
  • no official executioner could be found; a local butcher was hired to do the disemboweling, but stopped halfway when Thomas asked him, “Is this your justice?”

Venerated

Beatified

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Thomas Pilcher“. Saints.SQPN.com. 3 September 2014. Web. 25 December 2014. <>