Saints and shrines

Saint John Jones

John Jones was born into a loyal Catholic family in Clynnog Fawr in the former county of Caernarfonshire.  He entered a Franciscan Convent, the Observant branch of the Friars Minor, in London and then moved to France at the dissolution of the monasteries in England.  He took his vows at Pontoise and some years later moved to Rome eventually joining the Roman province of the Reformati, a branch of the Friars Minor which practised a stricter observance.

His request to be sent to England was accepted and, with a special blessing and commendation from Pope Clement VIII, he reached London in 1592.  Over the next four years he worked in different parts of the country and was elected Provincial by his brother Franciscans.

He was arrested and tortured in 1596 and imprisoned.  In 1558 he was tried and convicted of High Treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.  His execution took place in the early morning and his remains were placed on poles on the roads to Newington and Lambeth.

The church at Llanberis near Caernarfon is dedicated to St John Jones.

He was canonised in 1970, one of the 40 martyrs of England and Wales, together with John Rigby whom he had met and sustained in the faith during his last imprisonment. 

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