Convert to Catholicism. Studied at the English College at Douai, France, but was dismissed for an infraction of discipline. Benedictine priest in 1612 at Dieulouard, France. Missionary to England. He was arrested and exiled in 1615 for his work. Returning to England in 1618, he was arrested again. He sat in prison until 1623 when the Spanish ambassador obtained his release on condition that Alban leave England. Soon after, Alban returned to his homeland and continued his covert ministry. Arrested again in 1625, he lay in prison for 17 years before being tried and condemned to death for the crime of priesthood. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, dying with Blessed Thomas Reynolds.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Online
- Katherine Rabenstein
- Hagiography Circle
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- The 105 Martyrs of Tyburn
- “Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe“. Saints.SQPN.com. 17 May 2013. Web. 19 May 2013. <>