Convert to Catholicism which led to his anti-Catholic father cursing him and caused a permanent estrangement from his family. In 1584 Eustace began studies for the priesthood in Rheims, France and Rome, Italy, and was ordained at the English College in Rome in 1588. In November 1588 he returned to the west of England to minister to covert Catholics. The Church was going through a period of persecution in England, made even worse by the attack of the Armada from Catholic Spain. Arrested in Blandford, Dorset, England on 1 September 1591 for the crime of being a priest. He was lodged in Bridwell prison in London, and repeatedly tortured. At his trial he forgave the judges who sentenced him to death. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- Hagiography Circle
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
The morrow after Simon and Jude’s day I was hanged at the wall from the ground, my manacles fast locked into a staple as high as I could reach upon a stool: the stool taken away where I hanged from a little after 8 o’clock in the morning till after 4 in the afternoon, without any ease or comfort at all, saving that Topcliffe came in and told me that the Spaniards were come into Southwark by our means: ‘For lo, do you not hear the drums’ (for then the drums played in honour of the Lord Mayor). The next day after also I was hanged up an hour or two: such is the malicious minds of our adversaries. - Saint Eustace, 23 November 1591, in a letter to Father Henry Garnet from prison