|The 2009 Martyrs of England and Wales Calendar|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 28 January 2009 20:55|
I have just received a lovely one of-a-kind gift from Michael and Theresa Schweigert of New York: a home-produced color 2009 calendar dedicated to the Catholic Martyrs of England and Wales.
This is a true work of love with many pictures and a wealth of information about many martyrs, including those that are not well-known such as St. Nicholas Owen, the Jesuit lay brother who build many "priest holes" in houses throughout England and saved the lives of hundreds. The calendar also includes pictures of Baddesley Clinton, the 15th manor house where Owen created three of his most clever hiding places - including one in an old toilet (!) and of Coughton Court where the staunchly Catholic Throckmorton family has lived for nearly 6 centuries.
The many great women who were part of the Catholic resistance are honored, including Anne Vaux who helped Fr. Garnett, the Jesuit superior in England, establish hiding places, Margaret Clement Giggs, the adopted daughter of St. Thomas More who risked her life to feed the imprisoned monks of the London Charterhouse, and of course, Margaret Clitheroe, the "pearl of York".
Although I have always had a strong interest in the English recusants, there are many names and details in this calendar that I was not familiar with. It would be of great interest to historically minded Catholics (great for home-schooling parents) and the Schweigerts are praying that they might find an interested publisher.