Blessed William Ward

Also known as

  • William Webster

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Raised Protestant. Teacher. Travelled to Spain with a Catholic friend, and there joined the Church. Back home, he converted his mother. Repeatedly imprisoned for professing his faith. At 40 he went to Belgium to study for the priesthood. Ordained. Took the name Father William Ward. Travelled to Scotland where he was immediately thrown into prison for three years. He worked the next 30 years in and around London, secretly ministering to the Catholic population and the poor in general. Frequently jailed or banished. Eventually betrayed by a priest-hunter and thrown into Newgate Prison. Martyred, uttering the words: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, receive my soul!”

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Venerated

Beatified

Canonized

  • if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed William, contact
       Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
       39 Eccleston Square
       London SW1V 1BX, UNITED KINGDOM

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed William Ward“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 July 2014. Web. 1 August 2014. <>