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Who was St. John Fisher?

St John Fisher was born in 1469 in England, earned a master’s degree in theology and the arts and became a priest at the age of 22.

In 1504, Fisher became the bishop of the Diocese of Rochester and fought to maintain the integrity of the Catholic Church and was eventually imprisoned for defying King Henry VIII as he “divorced” his wife in order to marry Anne Boleyn.

Fisher’s continuing defiance angered the King and he was beheaded on June 22nd 1535.

John Fisher faced his death calmly and with great courage. St John Fisher was canonized with fellow English martyr St Thomas More in 1935.

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