John Jones (martyr)

John Jones (Martyr)

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John Jones, also known as John Buckley, John Griffith, or Godfrey Maurice, was a Priest and martyr, born at Clynnog Fawr, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), Wales, executed 12 July 1598. He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Life

John Jones came from a recusant Welsh family, who had remained faithful Roman Catholics throughout and despite the Protestant Reformation. As a youth, he entered the Observant Franciscan convent at Greenwich; at its dissolution in 1559, he went to the Continent, and was professed (took his vows) at Pontoise, France.

Rome

After many years, Jones journeyed to Rome, where he stayed at the Ara Coeli convent of the Observants (A branch of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor that followed the Franciscan Rule literally) . There he joined the Roman province of the Reformati (a stricter observance branch of the Order of Friars Minor). In 1591, as Jones had become imbued with the ideals of the 'Stricter Observance'. He begged to be allowed to go upon the English mission.

English mission

Jones' superiors considered his request, aware that a priest going on mission to Britain often ended his stay by being hanged, drawn and quartered. In spite of this, his superiors finally allowed Jones' mission request, even to receiving a special blessing and commendation from Pope Clement VIII.

The dangers of England

He reached London about the end of 1592, and stayed temporarily at the house which Father John Gerard, S.J. had provided for missionary......
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